The Gauteng Department of Education has called on law enforcement to hunt down and arrest those responsible for stock theft at schools.
This follows an incident on Monday, where about seven laptops, nine computers and all nutrition stock were stolen at Dr WF Nkomo High School in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.
“We are convinced that there is a syndicate targeting our schools. We call upon police to conduct a thorough investigation and arrest those responsible,” said Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
Just last week, criminals broke into Masizane Primary School, Thohoyandou Primary School and Flavius Mareka Secondary School in Atteridgeville and got away with stolen computers and nutrition stock.
The MEC said he was disappointed, as the criminal acts took away from the community and children.
“It is really disappointing that criminals are targeting our schools, which are meant to benefit communities. How can four schools in the same area suffer in the hands of criminals in this manner? Communities must defend schools,” said MEC Lesufi.