The MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, today slammed the alleged robbery of several staff members at AB Phokompe High School in Randfontein on Friday, 14 August 2021.
Initial reports indicate that two armed men arrived at the school on Friday afternoon after gaining entry onto the premises through false pretenses, claiming to have had a scheduled appointment with the principal. The men held several educators, as well as the principal, hostage.
Subsequently, the alleged robbers proceeded to take the personal belongings of the educators and the principal, including items such as cellphones, jewellery, money and 5 laptops. It is alleged that the men sought to gain access to the school’s strong room; and were explicitly looking for an employee in charge of the strong room keys. The men fled the scene in a getaway car without gaining access to the strong room. All employees who were held hostage also walked away unharmed and will receive counselling from our Psycho-social Unit on Monday, 16 August 2021.
Police are investigating circumstances surrounding this case accordingly.
“We condemn this cowardly act of targeting our schools by criminal elements in our communities and call on the Randfontein community to assist the police in bringing those responsible to book. We call upon law enforcement to apprehend these suspects and bring them to justice,” said MEC Lesufi.
For more information, contact the Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona on 072 574 3860.
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