Parents at Siloam, outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, believe there is a criminal syndicate behind the spate of school burglaries in the area. This, after the Siloam Primary School was burgled into by unknown suspects.

The suspects have stolen equipment valued at more than R100 000.

Two weeks ago, another school was torched by unknown suspects in the area.

Parents say the burglaries have affected schooling. The SGB Secretary, Khathu Tharanga, says their children have been affected.

“One can agree that the syndicate is available. The parents even agree to that scenario. It is affecting the learners because 80% of the administration has been dented and then we got the laptops, we got other materials that are used here, including cash … we have petty cash stolen. As such, the value of all the items which have been stolen is equivalent to R113 000.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo’s Education Department Spokesperson, Tidimalo Chuene, says they are providing support to the school.

“We strongly condemn this criminal act and we plead with our communities to help in apprehending the responsible criminals by cooperating with the police investigations. Our people should also not fall victim to buying stolen goods, as this is equal to a criminal offence. In the meantime, the circuit office is supporting the school with IT equipment to ensure the smooth running of the end of the year examinations.”