Vital equipment, computers stolen from KZN school

2008-04-29 00:00

THE recent long weekend has dealt a devastating blow to a local school, Nyanda Primary in kwaMpande, near Taylor’s Halt, which lost computers along with thousands of rands worth of equipment in a break-in.

School management fears the burglars, who stole a set of keys, may return this weekend.

Headmistress Zandile Sibiya said her deputy received a call from a member of the public on Monday, who had seen some of the school’s computers strewn across the street some distance from the school.

Sibiya later arrived to find that 11 of 33 computers supplied by the premier’s office had been stolen, along with the school’s microwave, kettle, printers and a R5 000 lawnmower, after finding the school keys in her office.

However, the biggest loss is the office computer, which contained important records.

“I am extremely devastated and disappointed with the community. This school belongs to them. If they cannot protect it, who will? It is a huge set-back. We have been forced to replace the locks, but who’s to say they won’t come back?”

According to Sibiya, Nyanda is the only school in the area with a computer centre, which they also open to high school children from neighbouring schools.

This blow comes amid negotiations with the premier’s office for further computer donations.

While Education MEC Ina Cronjé has said close to 3 000 security guards would be appointed in the 2008/9 financial year to protect poorer schools, Sibisi said they have approached the MEC’s office for assistance with security and been told there were no funds available.

“We have it in black and white. As a result, we had to employ our own security guard paid by the parents. I really urge the department of Education to do more to ensure that vulnerable schools such as ours have security guards. We are making every effort to upgrade our school, but it’s like working backwards because of these thieves.”

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