Vandalism leaves pupils in the dark

2011-07-28 07:46

Cape Town - A school has resorted to teaching its pupils out in the open after its buildings were vandalised, leaving gaping holes in ceilings and classrooms in darkness, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

Teacher Pamela Davids said some parents had opted to keep their children at home until some of the damage to Parkwood Primary School had been repaired.

Pupils and teachers had not returned to their classrooms since Monday in a show of dissatisfaction about the situation.

Some of the teachers said they could not return to their classrooms because their light fittings had been stolen and it was too dark inside.

Out in the cold

However, teaching continued outside in the open.

Principal Randal Phillips said the break-ins had started on July 18.

He said the thieves were targeting the school for copper piping, light fittings and other items, and in the process had destroyed ceiling boards, damaged locks and removed window fittings.

Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson, Bronagh Casey, said the school had reported three cases of vandalism to the Western Cape education department.

"The directorate for infrastructure and maintenance has contacted the principal and discussed the procedures in terms of repairs… Once we have received the relevant quotes for the repairs, we can proceed," Casey said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said four housebreaking cases had been reported by the school since July 18, but no arrests had been made.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-07-28 07:56

    Unreal!! They scream out for education and blame not having the proper education, so cannot get decent jobs.....and then this! There needs to be a certain amount of logic first....which sadly....hmmm....say no more! This is so sad for the pupils who WANT TO BETTER themselves!

      Rapier - 2011-07-28 09:51

      The saddest part: We are trying to get funding from the EU for computers in Tembisa, and are getting resistance from them because of the vandalism and thieving - we have to either rethink our strategy (e.g. to get laptops which are not left on site at night) or can the project. What a SAD reflection of what is happening countrywide.

      Felix - 2011-07-28 10:04

      Just following the example set by our leaders, take take take.

  • evereadydude - 2011-07-28 07:59

    These are the very same pupils who will join the ANC Youth league in the very near future! So go ask Malema's trust to help!

      ZotBot - 2011-07-28 08:20

      zzzt zzzt, hey eveready, got more batteries? Running a bit low this side. zzzt zzzt

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 08:31

      Duracell dudes....last up to 6x longer & never make assumptions...

      gmw - 2011-07-28 09:36

      Parkwood primary is on the cape flats (Ggrassy Park). Could be majority DA surpporters in the furtur.

      Greybeard - 2011-07-28 09:37

      TIK MONSTERS! Behind 6 out of 9 burglaries in the area. Unlikely to join ANCYL, KFC not attractive while they are tripping.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-07-28 10:20

      I bet you these are real DA supporters

      Neil - 2011-07-28 11:00

      @Paul: Maybe they are, but it is only one school that got vandalized compared to the loads of schools that the ANC supporters burn down. ANC is such a nuisance and the ANCYL is just a bigger nuisance.

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:21

      Parkwood is not an ANC stronghold. This is just plain criminal activity, and gangsters don't give a damn about politics.

      Alexia - 2011-07-30 08:13

      you think you know whats going on? Oh please, shut up and come and teach them... like I DO!! Don't talk about things you don't know about... you obviously don't have kids... otherwise you would not be so judgemental. Kids come to school to learn... these kids grow up in terrible conditions. Just because they come from a poor area doesn't mean you have to treat them like crap!! from a dedicated teacher!!!

  • Dav - 2011-07-28 08:05

    This is another sad indication of just how much trouble our country is in. The ones who suffer are always the innocent. Very sad.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-28 08:46

      innocent? these people have voted for that stupid party that runs this country. rubbish - they are the cause of the trouble.

      O-Kay - 2011-07-28 09:38

      No Dotty, 'these people' are children in primary school, who can not vote yet. Obviously not just at the school that the lights are out!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 09:47

      dotty dotty dotty......................................................................................................................................................................................................................

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-28 10:56

      okay - but aren't most black people at school over the age of 18 redoing grade 5 for the umpteenth time? oh sorry, my bad.

      Neil - 2011-07-28 11:01

      Dotty.. LOL

      O-Kay - 2011-07-28 11:20

      Dotty, it's really sad to see such hatred, you do know that hatred makes less of a person of you, and doesn't really affect those you hate's lives?? You need counselling once you have moved, it'll help!

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:23

      Dotty, not everyone is obsessed with party politics. This is plain thievery, probably to finance drugs. Absolutely nothing to do with politics. Do you even know where Parkwood is? I doubt it.

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:24

      Dotty, best just to shut up. Every time you say something you prove yourself more ignorant.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-28 11:46

      daaivark, go and read the article about the train - haa haa. now THATS ignorance!

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-28 12:10

      oh look....a troll with dots...we should name it dotty!

  • ZotBot - 2011-07-28 08:09

    This is apartheid's fault. The thievery of electrical cables and vandalising schools is all Apartheid. Wait, what is Apartheid again? zzzt zzzt, Tsepedi dictionary not loading, word not found. zzzt zzzt

  • mario - 2011-07-28 08:20 need to even comment....!!!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 08:28

    The vandals should be vandalised !

  • munchkin.ross - 2011-07-28 08:32

    Surely after the 2nd break in, the police would have monitored the property, poor police work here too, or did the vandals pay them off as well. What the thieves also don't realised, or care about, is that the damage is worth more than the money they likely made. Anyway, Put that ANCYL money to good use and repair the damage from that fund, isn't that what it's supposed to be for, and not for the lavish lifestyle of one imbecile

      Mordor-isSA - 2011-07-28 08:44

      It was most likely the police that robbed the place!!

  • Mad man - 2011-07-28 08:38

    Zille promised to fix this problem during local election, now the litttle girl left them out in the cold

      Dnt8 - 2011-07-28 08:48

      @madman.....really dude now you wanna blame Zille...If their parents didnt go around destroying property then the kids wouldn't. Adults lead the way and they way this country is going is straigth down the drain. Look at what they did to that councillors house in Gauteng. They are teaching their children that if you don'y get your way..just destroy everything you can get your dirty hands on.....disgusting.

      WITBUL - 2011-07-28 09:29

      @ Mad man Only way to fix this problem is to chase you and your brothers out of the province because where you lot are destruction and chaos will follow.

      dingo - 2011-07-28 09:33

      @madman, How is it Zille's fault that the school was vandalised? Did you note the date of the first case? Your head is so far up your arse, you bloody nincompoop!!!!!!!!!!!

      Neil - 2011-07-28 11:03

      @MadMan: And the ANC supporters just burn them down by the dozens. Seriously. Your name says it all, mad in the head.

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:26

      And which problem is this exactly, Malletjie?

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-28 12:14

      and now a mad troll....lets breed the two together and see what we get....

  • P!NK - 2011-07-28 08:40

    Cut your nose to spite your face...

      Neil - 2011-07-28 11:12

      What nose? Too flat from all the window shopping..

      jowza - 2011-07-28 11:23

      you again neil

  • DIAMOND - 2011-07-28 08:42

    ...I am sure there is a trust fund out there that could help...hint hint nudge if for the people is it not...the "future followers"...SHARING IS CARING....

  • Cynical_BStd - 2011-07-28 08:44

    Theft and damage to public property should be treated as sabotage (not housebreaking) and offenders should be charged accordingly

      Dnt8 - 2011-07-28 08:51

      @cynical they are too busy charging some poor dude for spilling his drink on Zuma than to track down the vandals....priorities dude

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  • Zion - 2011-07-28 09:26

    Come the next elections then this incident will be the fault of the DA. Teachers and students had not returned to their classes as a show of dissatisfaction: Against who is the unhappiness aimed. Surely some alterations could be made to the buildings to thwart potential thieves like replacing the water pipes with high pressure PVC piping and the light fittings changed to cheap open types with a economy globe and a siren type alarm, cheap but nasty.

  • Mike - 2011-07-28 09:42

    It is apartheids fault, How dare They build schools that don’t last a 100 years and are vandalise proof ,Blerry agents. Respect and discipline are cultured t at home by parents and elders /nobody ells,(Have you seen what the so called leaders and elders are doing ) quite amazing 99% of the vandalised schools are in so called underprivileged areas.

      Dominic - 2011-07-28 11:01

      "amazing 99% of the vandalised schools are in so called underprivileged areas." Not too bright are you? I'll try to explain. In underprivileged areas is where you find people who were born without the privileges of education and opportunity so they steal things like copper tubing if they can find it. You don't have to condone it but to be amazed by it does not bode well for your success in IQ tests.

  • Greybeard - 2011-07-28 09:56

    The comments to this article are Pathetic! The real problem here is TIK, Crystal Methamphetamine. Tik monsters will steal ANYTHING they can sell for scrap. Changing the water piping and light fittings won't help either, they will steal the cables out of the conduits, and any metal or plastic plumbing fittings they can find. Underlying the drug problem is the massive UNEMPLOYMENT in the area, which will not change while AA and BEE are in place. Solution? Suggestions anyone....REAL solutions, not rhetoric and vitriol please.

      Felix - 2011-07-28 10:10

      I haven't tried rhetoric or vitriol yet, where can I get some? P.S. will swap for light fittings and copper pipe.

      Felix - 2011-07-28 10:14

      Sorry, couldn't help it. The irony is that better education is the solution.

      Greybeard - 2011-07-28 10:45

      Felix ya BASKET! Thanx for the chuckle.

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:32

      BRAVO!!! Well said.

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:33

      Felix, don't bother with the rhetoric, boet. It only works for people with a brain.

      Felix - 2011-07-28 11:44

      How would you know daaivark? ;)

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-28 11:47


  • Billy_Bob - 2011-07-28 10:41

    I would expect most of these comments to come from kids... Wow... Anyways, @Greybeard: Agreed. The only solution is to educate the younger generation about the do's and don'ts regarding drugs. How? Legalise Marijuana.

      daaivark - 2011-07-28 11:33

      BRAVO to you too. YES!

      O-Kay - 2011-07-28 11:42

      @Daaivark, we should legalise marijuana?? :-) That was a little unexpected!!

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-28 11:49

      but how do we educate the younger generation when schools and the like are burnt and torched? did you know that SA spends more on education than any other country in the world relative to GDP. and also, you can't people clever when they are innately thick....

  • O-Kay - 2011-07-28 11:50

    What a croc News24??? I was enjoying the debate

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-28 12:15

      which debate, blondie?

      Felix - 2011-07-28 12:16

      Me too :'(

  • Ockert - 2011-07-28 12:13

    The kids trash the school ? , to stay at home ?

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-28 12:44


  • Virginia - 2011-07-28 12:58

    Cant someone out there help this teacher to use a hall at some other local school, why does she have to teach ouside. People out there stop vandalising buildings etc that is there for your use, we complain when things are not given to you, but we can now see why, nothing is looked after. The citizens of this country are just getting worse by the day we need law and order in our communities, if parents cant do it then they should bring in the law.

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