Burglars hit Northdale school for third time in three years

2016-05-06 11:30

C21 Private School teacher Niresh Budaram points to the broken window where burglars gained access to the school on Wednesday night.

C21 Private School teacher Niresh Budaram points to the broken window where burglars gained access to the school on Wednesday night. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Crafty burglars have hit Northdale’s C21 Private School for the third time in three years, stealing four computer towers and leaving an office in disarray.

The C21 Private School in Khan Road was broken into on Wednesday night, with the burglars breaking a window and bypassing the school’s alarm system to gain entrance undetected.

C21 Private School chairperson Surendra Singh said Wednesday night’s incident was not the first time burglars had targeted the school.

“It is unbelievably frustrating,” said Singh.

“In 2014, our whole computer lab was completely wiped out.

“In 2015, they broke in and stole more computers and now, last night.”

Singh said after the 2014 burglary, the school stopped offering IT courses, a “favourite” among the pupils, but hoped to restore the lab over time.

“This is the last straw for me. I am tired and frustrated,” he said.

Singh said the thieves did not steal any radios or any other valuables.

“They only wanted the computers,” he said.

Singh said they were still calculating the value of computers stolen but estimated it to be around R10 000.

“The computers they stole belonged to teachers and admin staff. There were many programs on them that we had to buy and very valuable information,” he said.

He appealed to anyone who would be able to assist the school by supplying computers for the pupils to contact the principal Nersan Nair at 033 391 5476.

Police were unable to confirm details of the burglary and what items were stolen at the time of going to print yesterday evening.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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