Lwazi parents march

2016-03-24 06:00
 Lwazi Primary School with support from the community and police staged a demonstration on Thursday to raise awareness of the problem. PHOTO: GRoundUP

Lwazi Primary School with support from the community and police staged a demonstration on Thursday to raise awareness of the problem. PHOTO: GRoundUP

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Following reports of incessant break-ins at Lwazi Primary School in Gugulethu and the failure of police to act on tip-offs or leads, parents of learners and the greater community staged a march to the local police station to raise their concerns.

City Vision(Its daylight robbery, 17 March 2016) reported on the frustrations of caretaker Zongezile Sodinga and that of the SGB, regarding theft, the use of drugs and vandalism by former learners or people known to them, which acts are committed in broad-daylight, leaving to staff and learner apprehension regarding their safety.

The school has been stripped of its perimeter fence and burglar gates after the thugs allegedly made off with them during lessons.

Last Thursday the marchers, who included the hapless learners in their midst, marched to the Gugulethu police station to state their grievances.

They were carrying placards, some of which read: “#Icingo lesikolo liphelile”, a reference to the fence, and “#respect our school!! hloniphani isikolo sethu: No bail!. Chairman of the School Governing Body, Thembela Mhlana, said that they needed to let the community know that it is wrong to buy stolen goods.

“Buying stolen goods is wrong, it is even worse when it is items stolen from a school. They are basically stealing from our young children,” said Mhlana.

“The police and the school cant fight this battle alone we need the community to come together and assist us,” she said.

Education Department spokesperson Jessica Shelver, replying to queries sent to her, said that emergency security has been provided for the school until the fence is put up.

“An official from infrastructure visited the school on 14/03/2016 and assessed the damage on fence and promised that a new fence will be put up by June 2016.

The department’s budget is under severe pressure. We cannot keep replacing fences that get stolen or broken.

She said it was impossible to steal a fence in broad-daylight without anyone noticing, and called on communities to help schools by reporting thieves who break and steal school fences.

Shelver said the co-operation of the community is essential in order to combat vandalism and to create a safe school environment that promotes teaching and learning.

“We urge community members to be extra vigilant throughout the year and to immediately report any suspicious behaviour or activities that occur within the vicinity of their schools to the local authorities and or the school.”

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