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By unknown | Jan 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

A Boksburg school principal returned from leave this week to discover thieves had targeted her vulnerable and cash-strapped school and virtually cleaned it out.

Nonkululeko Masanya said she realised New Comet Primary School had been broken into on Tuesday when she came back from the holidays.

It had been vandalised and looted during the holidays.

"Everything is gone. Our computers, DVDs, books, a TV, a bed, - I can't even name them all," said the dejected principal.

She said it was clear the thieves knew the school was cash- strapped and could not afford adequate security.

The thieves broke windows and doors to gain entry into the school.

"What makes me truly sad is they stole the books we bought for this year. I don't know how pupils are going to learn," she lamented.

Boksburg police confirmed the incident and are investigating.

"Police will patrol the school in case the thieves come back and steal whatever is left," said detective Simon Ntjana.

Mveleli "Dr Love" Gqwede said he was disappointed about what had happened to the school he had adopted. "I have been involved with the school for so many years," he said. "Last year I adopted the school to share my expertise and experience with our young people."

Gqwede said it was high time communities began believing they were the custodians of schools in their areas. "People must learn what belongs to the state also belongs to them," he said.


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