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2015-05-07 06:00

Learners and teachers protested against countless number of burglaries at Joe Slovo Engineering High School, in Khayelitsha, on Monday.
PHOTO: 
Mbongiseni Maseko

Learners and teachers protested against countless number of burglaries at Joe Slovo Engineering High School, in Khayelitsha, on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A string of burglaries has led to learners and teachers to abandon classes to raise their concerns at the disruption caused at Joe Slovo Engineering High School, on Monday in Khayelitsha.

According to reports, the school has suffered countless burglaries since November 2015.

Majiet Parker, the school principal, said there is no week that passes without the school being burgled and that three break-ins a week have become a common occurrence.

Parker said the damage caused by all the burglaries has already amounted to over a million rands and that there is no way the school could be able to replace the stolen items.

“The burglaries badly affect us. We cannot do our work, because all the machineries that learners use for their practicals lessons have either been stolen or badly damaged. Learners will also not be able to do their practical examinations which start during the first week of June. It will be impossible to replace the stolen stuff anytime soon. The damage costs over a million rand,” Parker said.

The latest burglary was over the last long weekend.

Learners and teachers arrived at the school to find massive vandalism, on Monday, which sparked the protest in the hope of getting the attention of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to provide them with the full time security personnel.

Thugs cut a padlock to gain entry in an engineering class where they ransacked it.

They cut wires to the CCTV cameras, stole two machines for civil engineering class which cost over R70 000 combined, damaged an angle grinder and drilling machines, cut electric wires, leaving the school with no electricity and stole a door to one of the classes.

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