- Armed men robbed teachers and students at a Pietermaritzburg school over the weekend.
- The students were attending an overnight study session at Georgetown High School.
- The thieves took 20 cell phones and wallets.
A group of teachers and students were held up at gunpoint while attending an overnight study session at Georgetown Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday.
It is alleged that three armed men entered the property after cutting the fence.
Police spokesman Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo said the gunmen took 20 cell phones and wallets.
A commercial theft case is under investigation.
According to Education MEC Mbali Frazer, the gunmen held a security guard at gunpoint and demanded the keys to the school offices.
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“The security guard and the educators refused to hand over the keys to the armed men, so the latter fired a series of shots at the padlocks in an attempt to open them.
“After several failed attempts to break the locks, the armed men climbed the wall to enter the classrooms where the students were busy with the study session. Their cell phones and cash were stolen,” Frazer said.
She said the students were “seriously traumatized by the incident.”
“The community must help the police identify these criminals. We must remember that school safety is the responsibility of everyone in the community. If these criminals are not arrested, they will continue their cruelty in our schools and in society.” Frazer said. additional.
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