Classroom crooks strike

2011-02-19 00:00

PUPILS screamed for help when one of their schoolmates and his three friends robbed them at knife-point in their classroom at Sukuma Comprehensive High School in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, yesterday morning.

One member of the gang is a former pupil at the school.

Security guards managed to apprehend one of the assailants, who led the police to others. The guards then phoned the parents of the grade 8 pupil to demand that the gang pay back R65 taxi fare they had robbed from a pupil, but they money was not produced. No case was opened.

The grade 9E class was attacked at about 8 am.

Said a 14-year-old pupil who asked to remain anonymous, “This boy stayed for more than an hour as our teacher was not in. He told one our boys that they were in our classroom to take cellphones and cash from us. They then closed the door and produced a knife.

“Our schoolmate said no ‘bitch’ should scream and that all ‘bitches’ should hand over their phones and cash. I tried to hide my cellphone, but it rang and they took it. Our male classmates were so scared they did not even try to fight the robbers,” said the pupil.

She said she was happy when the security guard returned her cellphone about an hour later.

KSA Security guard Mbongeni Mthalane said before the robbery, guards spotted strangers entering the school through a hole in the fence near Durban University of Technology’s Indumiso campus, and chased them away.

“Shortly afterwards we heard pupils screaming in C-block and we ran to investigate. We saw the boys jumping the fence of the school and we apprehended one of them and called the police.”

One of the teachers said the school’s policy “strictly” does not to allow strangers to loiter inside the school.

“Things like this use to happen when we started guarding the school in 2007, but we managed to stop them,” said Mthalane.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said victims got their cellphones and bags back. They did not want police to investigate further or for suspects to be prosecuted. “The suspects’ parents were informed about the incident,” said Jeevan.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.