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.


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