Primary school’s fence vandalised

2015-06-02 06:00
Randall Sampson, groundsman at Prince George Primary School, shows where the school’s fence was stolen.

Randall Sampson, groundsman at Prince George Primary School, shows where the school’s fence was stolen.

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Although the fence around Prince George Primary School has no value, having it vandalised has put the pupils and staff in a vulnerable position.

This is according to school principal Lameez Rabbaney. “Is it our own community who is breaking down our school or criminals from another area?” she asks.

Rabbaney is now asking people to “step up” and report those who are responsible for the damage to the fence.

“We call on the community to inform the school and police of people who are making it unsafe for our children at school,” Rabbaney says.

“Sometime over the weekend thieves cut two sheets of our newly erected fence,” she says. It looks like the thieves are busy digging out the poles “in the hope of coming back sometime later”.

“We were assured that this fence has hardly any scrapmetal value but it makes for very safe burglar bars, fence and gates. The value of the fence in rands and cents is virtually nil according to the service providers but there is value when used as material for other structures,” she says.

“This is the first time that we have had this happen since the fence was installed,” she says.

She says the community of Prince George Primary has become a victim of the growing crime statistics.

The school’s staff held a peaceful placard demonstration to make people aware of their safety plight and sent letters to various departments so that they could have a fence erected around the perimeter of the school.

“The school governing body does not have funds to employ a security person to guard our school. Therefore the fence was our security barrier,” she says.

Rabbaney says the pupils and teachers are at risk during their intervals and Physical Education periods as there are “criminals who lurk in the bushes”.

“We have informed the various departments and service providers who will get back to us with regard to how they can assist us, if possible,” she says.

Anyone with information about the stolen fence can call the school on 021 701 9200

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