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Some of the equipment stolen at Menzi Primary School found

Staff Reporter

Some of the equipment stolen at Menzi Primary School in Tsakane was recovered on Friday.

Spokesperson for Gauteng Education Steve Mabona said the equipment was found at All-In-One-Store Wholesale and Retail at corner Mooi and Helen Joseph in Johannesburg.

The store sells appliances, gadgets, hardware and design equipment.

Mabona shared photographs of the find.

Inside Education reported on Wednesday that Menzi Primary School was robbed a week after Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi,  opened the facility and asked Tsakane residents to look after it.

At the time, Lesufi challenged the community to help to find the perpetrators. He said that failing this, all expensive equipment at the school would be withdrawn by Friday..

Mabona told media the robbery occurred in the early hours of Tuesday. He added that two guards were tied up and locked in the strong rooms.

“The criminals broke the main volt door to access the keys of the entire school,” Mabona said.

The stolen items stolen included 185 tablets, eight teacher laptops, two projectors and three desktop computers. A plasma TV and R500 in petty cash were also taken.

The police retrieved 16 tablets and three laptops from the All-In-One-Store.

Two men were arrested.

At the opening of the multi-million rand state-of-the-art school, Lesufi appealed to members of the local community in Tsakane to protect the school from vandalism and theft from local criminals.

He said, “All our schools in Duduza and Tsakane were burgled and broken into during the school holidays this past December. I am appealing to community leaders to protect the school from theft and criminals.

“The department of education invested more than R105 million into the construction of this beautiful school and all we want is to see our children go to school without any hindrance,” Lesufi said.

The school is the first in Tsakane to have smart classrooms.




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