The North West police and the education department have pleaded with the public after four schools in the province were set on fire. A case has been opened against those that set the schools on fire.
Police spokesperson Brig Sabata Mokgwabone said no arrests have been made in connection to the attacks against the schools.
Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said the fires were a setback for the schools, as learners are so close to writing their exams. Many learners have been preparing for final exams which start on 5 November.
“ We strongly condemn this and those who did this are savagely cruel to their community. This barbaric custom of burning schools should come to an end. We cannot over-emphasise how grave a setback this is to the already compromised academic year,” she said.
She has asked for community members to come forward with information that might help them catch those responsible and close the case.
“As a department we plead with the community to work with the police in exposing these criminals and they should be found,” said Matsemela.
The North West police said those with any information about the attacks against the schools can contact Captain Lefty Motswadi on 082 416 1223.
Earlier this year, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga expressed her disappointment at acts of vandalism at schools. This included things like burglary and the overall and destruction of school property.
The department had seen a rise in these cases since the start of the nationwide lockdown.
Back in April, the North West had recorded 55 cases of vandalism at schools.
“It is really unfortunate that criminals in our communities could destroy the infrastructure of their own children. We applaud the work done by the Police and we hope that more arrests will be made. We want to see the arrest and prosecution of every single criminal responsible for this kind of behaviour,” the Minister said in a statement.
The Minister urged communities to act as caretakers of schools by protecting the infrastructure and reporting any acts of vandalism.
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