About five schools in Thabong, Welkom, have been subjected to robberies since the beginning of the year. According to police spokesperson, Sergeant Mamello Mokhuoane, cases of business robbery are being investigated after incidents involving the same modus operandi were reported.
The latest robbery took place during the early hours of Wednesday. “At about 00:45 four armed suspects robbed Lebogang Secondary School in Thabong. It is alleged that the complainant was with his colleague conducting guard duties when they were allegedly approached by the suspects who pointed them with firearms and demanded the panic button,” stated Sgt Mokhuoane.
The guards were then tied up with wire and belts. The suspects allegedly made away with computers to the value of R150 000 and R1 500 worth of groceries from the high school.
In another incident at Dr MG Mngoma Primary School last month suspects stole three computer screens and towers as well as tablets. “Security guards were allegedly overpowered by these suspects who took the building keys and tied the guards to tables in the staff room,” said Mokhuoane. This comes after the patrolling guards were ambushed from behind by armed suspects.
Robberies were also reported at Thabong Primary School, Mantshebo Primary School and Tsakani Primary School where about R500 000 worth of cell phones, tablets, projectors, computers, groceries and stationery were stolen.
According to Mokhuoane, local police have taken measures to try and curb the robberies. “Community Policing Forum structures and the school management which includes the School Governing Body (SGB), have been sensitised and an appeal is being made to the community to work together with the police by providing them with information pertaining to these robberies,” she stated.
Anyone with helpful information may contact Thabong SAPS Detective Branch Commander Colonel Mzamo Nyamane at 082 453 0759 or the Crime Stop Number 08600 10111. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele