Teaching takes a knock as series of burglaries hit NXR school

2016-10-13 06:00
Kholekile Gova, caretaker at Nomlinganiselo Primary School showing the damaged burglar bar, in New Crossroads. PHOTO: Anelisa Boyce

Kholekile Gova, caretaker at Nomlinganiselo Primary School showing the damaged burglar bar, in New Crossroads. PHOTO: Anelisa Boyce

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Teaching and learning at Nomlinganiselo Primary School in New Crossroads has been dealt with a heavy blow after a string of burglaries.

Since April, the school has reported Seven cases of burglaries at the Nyanga Police Station, which saw a number of equipments stolen.

The latest burglary was committed on Thursday night.

Other burglaries were on 28 April, June, July, 29 August and 26 September this year.

Some of the items stolen include computer hard drives, flat screen television sets, tape recorders, sewing machines and grinders.

Security cameras did not escape the grip of the burglars too.

Deputy Principal Diniswa Skosana said they are worried about the burglaries as they have an adverse effect on lessons and teaching.

“We are really disturbed, we are stuck as we do not have the resources we need to carry out our work.

This is really killing us financially and emotionally. Everything is upside down. We are worried that there are no arrests in all the cases,” Skosana said.

Vuyiswa Selani, chairperson for School Governing Body (SGB), said the teachers are now concerned about their safety at the school.

“We had a meeting to discuss security. We must still decide on the budget. But we will need to get money for security. We also want to approach neighbourhood watch to see if they can help us.

This is very bad, because teachers now fear for their safety,” Selani said.

Selani also said another parental meeting is planned for this week, to chart a way forward.

Communications officer Captain Elliot Sinyangana said the case of business burglary was opened and is under investigation.

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