Petrol bomb threat a hoax

2017-08-08 06:01

Residents of Grassy Park were left on edge after a petrol bomb hoax in the area on Wednesday morning. According to a police statement, various schools were affected after being threatened telephonically.

“An unknown male phoned these schools and threatened them by saying they were going to throw petrol bombs at schools. All necessary roleplayers and experts were informed and were at the alleged scenes. The threat turned out to be a hoax,” says Constable Celeste Strauss of Grassy Park Police Station.

“Strong police presence is currently in place at schools to ensure safety for all learners and teachers, as well as their learning institution. However, some schools have decided, even though they were being threatened, that they would continue with the day’s work in education, since learners already lost so much work due to last week’s protest,” explains Strauss.

“Students have the right to education and we are duty-bound to protect this right when it comes to violence and crime. Innocent people must not be intimidated or hurt by protesters.”

Police say those who are willing to lay charges against the instigators of violence have a right to do so without fear of ­intimidation.

“We have the mandate to enforce the law where there is contravention. The matter is a serious offence and will be investigated. The perpetrators will be brought to justice,” she says.

V Anyone with more information on the bomb scare hoax can call Grassy Park Police Station on 021 700 3940.

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