NW Education MEC condemns torching of school

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Learners should be allowed to study without any disturbance, North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said on Tuesday.

She was condemning the torching of a block of classrooms at Leruntse Lesedi Secondary School at Vrischgewaagd near Delaraeyville.

“I strongly condemn this barbaric incident of burning our school and I am appealing to our communities to report those people who committed this act to the police. These people always torment our schools by stealing the food of the learners and now they have burnt the school.

“This is a very crucial period within the academic year, learners should be allowed to study without any disturbance,” she said.

She said the burning of schools delayed the department’s efforts in fast-tracking infrastructure delivery in schools.

“It is alleged that in the early hours of Friday, 11 October 2019, the school principal received a report that the school was on fire. A block of classrooms which constituted of two classrooms and the office of the head of department were burnt down,” said Education Department spokesperson, Elias Malindi.

“The other classroom (amongst the two), that was used as storage and for a photocopying machine, refrigerator, microwave, textbooks, stationery packs for learners, lawnmower, garden tools, cleaning materials, and files, were completely burned down by the fire. Whilst in the other classroom, 30 tables and 60 chairs were destroyed by the fire.”

A case of arson was opened with the South African Police Service but no one has yet been arrested, he said.

African News Agency (ANA)