School closed by theft

2013-10-15 00:00

LONGMARKET Girl’s School has been closed indefinitely after the school’s copper pipes were stolen yesterday.

With no water supply and plumbers busy working on replacing the stolen pipes, school deputy principal Gael Laurence said yesterday she could not confirm when the school would re-open.

The theft, she said, was believed to have taken place during the early hours of yesterday morning, after the security guard went off duty at midnight.

Five of the school’s closed circuit television cameras were also stolen at the same time.

“We believe that the [theft] took place when the guard was off duty. There is no forced entry and we are guessing that the suspects just jumped over the fence. The school has 21 cameras and five were stolen. It is absolutely ridiculous and we had to send pupils home today as there is no water. We have also suffered water wastage as the water was just gushing due to the pipes being stolen,” said Laurence.

She said plumbers had been working on replacing the stolen pipes since the morning. “We don’t know how long it is going to take as all the copper pipes were stolen and it is a huge area to cover,” said Laurence.

Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the theft was crippling for the school.

“To deprive 700 pupils at this school of their education this close to the examinations is not an ideal situation. It also robs the schools of positive use of their budgets, in that money that could have been used better to improve the school is now being used to replace a commodity that was already there,” said Mahlambi.

Police confirmed the incident and said investigations continue.

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