Seeing a silver lining

2019-06-11 06:01
Vandals left Hillwood Primary School in a state on Saturday 1 June.

Vandals left Hillwood Primary School in a state on Saturday 1 June.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hillwood Primary School was vandalised on Saturday 1 June, but despite the clearly upsetting occurrence, the school’s principal Gavin Alkana has been able to see the up-side of what took place.

“It is with sadness that we can confirm that a burglary took place at the school on Saturday night,” says Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond.

“The perpetrators entered the toilet facilities and completely vandalised it. A total of 11 taps and basins with fittings were stolen as well as the water pumps.

“It was reported to the police and there is an estimated damage of about R20 000,” says Hammond.

Alkana told People’s Post that he was initially upset by the attack and felt that the monetary gain was not worth the effort made by the perpetrators to get in and was therefore under the impression that the attack was senseless and spiteful.

“We felt despondent and disappointed because we thought: ‘Is this how the community is repaying the school?’ and then one person said that it was not the community.

“It was just three people,” he says, adding that the comment made gave him better perspective on the situation.

According to Alkana the school’s security guards saw three suspects fleeing the scene once they were done vandalising the bathrooms and the alarms had sounded to alert ADT security.

“The WCED has previously supported the school with holiday security, an intercom system, alarm system and by securing the new school hall,” Hammond explains the security measures put in place to keep the school safe.

Alkana confirms that the stolen water pump was found and, in addition, the school has received a number of generous donations to assist with repairs and was even contacted by a local plumber who has offered to do the repair work. The community has been very supportive.

He adds: “A company has also assisted us to have more beams added, and the beams will be linked with ADT, just in case something happens again.”

WCED and Steenberg police are appealing to the public to help bring the suspects to book.

“The community is requested to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of these perpetrators,” says Steenberg police spokesperson, Wesley Twigg.

Hammond concludes: “We all need to work together to keep our schools, places of safety. Let us all work together to protect these important assets and fight this scourge in our schools.” 


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.