SANCO condemns burning of secondary school in Vuwani

2018-02-04 20:45

Pretoria - The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) has condemned the latest torching of a secondary school in Vuwani, Limpopo saying that the destruction of public infrastructure investments in the area continues to reverse development in the area. 

Police confirmed that the administration block of a school in Lwamondo village in Vuwani had been set alight causing about R1.2m worth of damage in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Four computers, printers, safe, steel cabinet and all the administration block's padlocks at Shondoni Secondary School were destroyed in the fire, said Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

"The total value of all items damaged including the building itself is estimated to be around R1.2 million," Mojapelo said.

He said when police arrived at the scene, the administration block was already gutted by the fire.

The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage but police investigations continue, he said.

SANCO has condemned the attack on the school and called for a comprehensive intervention plan to end the destruction of public properties in Vuwani.

“It is treacherous that destruction of public infrastructure investments in the area continues to reverse development aimed at bridging the urban-rural divide and the provision of quality public education," said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.

Mahlangu said the perpetrators of the senseless destruction of public properties must be unmasked and severely punished for atrocities that are denying rural communities development.

“Education is the greatest equaliser to reverse the legacy of apartheid deprivation, those who deprive our historically marginalised communities ownership of quality infrastructure that will improve their lives are anti-development  agents that have no place in our society.” 

“The senseless destruction of property in the impoverished area will deepen poverty, unemployment and inequality.” 

He added that the deployment of security personnel to protect public infrastructure in Vuwani is long overdue.

 

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