INSIDE EDUCATION REPORTER
Limpopo police have made a breakthrough in the housebreaking cases that have seen more than 1 500 schools burgled countrywide during the covid-19 lockdown with the arrest of two more suspects. Thohoyandou police on Friday arrested two men aged 22 and 27 and recovered five laptops and two WiFi rooters suspected to have been stolen during burglaries recently committed at local schools in the Thohoyandou policing area.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said this week a total of 1 577 schools were broken into around the country since the start of the lockdown.
She said 463 of the schools are in KwaZulu-Natal and 336 in Gauteng.
“This is truly a disturbing trend that will set us back in our efforts of trying to get back the academic programme. We appeal to members of the public to help the police bring the perpetrators to justice,” she said.
Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said community members alerted police about the presence of two men who were in possession of suspected stolen property in the Thohoyandou CBD. He police reacted swiftly and pounced on the suspects.
“One of the suspects was found in possession of four laptops and the other was possessing two WiFi rooters and one laptop,” said Mojapelo.
He said preliminary police investigations have revealed that the recovered items were linked to burglary incidents at Tshishonga primary school and Mphaphuli secondary school.
He said the two suspects will appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrates’ court soon. Mojapelo said two other suspects arrested for the same crime, Rose Vurangu aged 23 and Shadukani Mabila aged 26, were denied bail by the Thohoyandou magistrates’ court after appearing for possession of computers and laptops that are also suspected to be linked with a burglary incident at Tshishonga Primary School.
Their cases were remanded to 03 June 2020 for formal bail application.
Police investigations into the suspects’ possible link to burglary incidents that were committed at various schools, especially in the Thohoyandou area, are continuing.