News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday March 19th 2019

Khayelitsha learners march against school burglaries


Thieves and vandals regularly target Luhlaza High in Khayelitsha.

The entire body of 1 125 learners at Khayelitsha’s Luhlaza High marched to the Lingelethu police station on Wednesday afternoon as they are fed up with the number of times their school has been burgled and vandalised.

Learners said they want the community of Khayelitsha and the police to help them put an end to the destruction of township schools.

Luhlaza High has lost R395 000 worth of equipment this year alone and according to principal Manono Makhaphela the school is robbed almost every weekend.

“We lost most of our equipment, including school (sporting) kits. Every Monday I know I will get a report that something has been stolen or vandalised,” said Makhaphela.

He produced a list of stolen items which included computers, science equipment, gardening tools, copper pipes, doors and kitchen equipment.

He said police were doing their job but the school wants the community to assist in putting an end to the vandalism plaguing the school.

The march, he said, was aimed to make the community aware of what was happening.

“Some of our school materials were found in a house not far from the school meaning other community members have seen that person,” said Makhaphela.

In that instance the suspect was arrested, but was released just four days later.

“It’s easy to identify things stolen from school. We want the community to take this as a serious matter.  We are not targeting any government institute. This is costing the school and demotivates teachers and learners.

After marching around Lingelethu, the principal handed over a memorandum to ward council secretary Phumeza Gxowa.

Gxowa promised to hand the memorandum to councillor Nomvuyo Mafoko.

Mafoko could not be reached for comment yesterday and Western Cape Education Department spokesperson Paddy Attwell had not responded to questions before going to press. – Nombulelo Damba

Tags: Khayelitsha’s Luhlaza High, Lingelethu police station, Manono Makhaphela, Nomvuyo Mafoko, Paddy Attwell, Phumeza Gxowa

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