Thieves Steal North West Primary School Roof, SA Stunned

Thieves Steal North West Primary School Roof, SA Stunned

  • Bold thieves stole the roof of Mmanjakgora Primary School in Moretele in the North West, and the government condemned the act
  • The incident affected three grades, and the province's Education MEC Viola Motsumi said the act hindered the children
  • The department's spokesperson, Mphata Molokwane, told Briefly News when the roof would be replaced
  • South Africans called on communities to work together to protect the community's infrastructure

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

A North West primary school roof was stolen, and the Eduction Department condemned it
South Africans were angry that the roof of a primary school in Moretele was stolen. Image: North West Department of Education
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MORETELE, NORTH WEST — The Department of Health in the North West condemned an incident where thieves stole a primary school's roof.

North West Primary School roof stolen

According to TimesLIVE, the Prisca community in Moretele noticed on 6 July that the Mmanjaakgora Primary School's roof was stolen. The incident affected Grades R, one, two, and three. Education MEC Viola Motsumi said the Department will temporarily organise libraries to accommodate the affected grades.

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Mostumi called on the community to be vigilant in safeguarding its infrastructure. She highlighted how the incident affected education in the community.

"The theft of the school roof is not only a criminal act but a direct attack on the future of our children. It is disheartening to see such behaviour, especially as we prepare for the reopening of schools for the third term in the thick of winter," she said.

Education spokesperson speaks to Briefly News

The Department's spokesperson Mphata Mokolwane told Briefly News that ongoing vandalism seriously compromises the education of the learners and gave insight into when the roof could be replaced.

"The department still needs to follow procurement processes before putting the contractor on site, but the roof of Mmanjakgora Primary School will be restored before the rainy season arrives. We can emphasize as a department that this is the first time that we have heard of a roof being stolen," he said.

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South Africans agree with the MEC

Netizens on Facebook supported Motsumi's call and encouraged the community to protect its infrastructure.

Senzo Inno Mgoduka said:

"Communities need to come to the party in fighting crime. There's absolutely no way that a single person didn't hear when the roof was taken."

Jerry Gantweni was taken aback.

"No one heard or saw anything? Communities need to learn that schools are not government property but community property. Therefore, it's in our best interest to look after our children's future."

Dumisani Scofiled Nwayila said:

"The community knows the people, but it will keep quiet and blame the government."

Deirdree Bailey said:

"The community must know who did it. Who has a new roof?"

Tshepo Sebogodi said:

"The community must go house to house and look for that roofing."

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: