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Case of arson under investigation after school buildings torched in Libode

By Afikile Lugunya - Aug 2, 2018
Case of arson under investigation after school buildings torched in Libode

Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, has appealed for calm after buildings at the Chief Henry Boklein Senior Secondary School in Libode, in the Engqeleni Municipality, were set on fire on Wednesday night.

The school's administration block, as well as everything in the principal's office, his deputy and staffroom were reportedly burnt down.

"This morning I've learnt with shame that one of our high schools, Chief Henry Boklein senior secondary school's administration block has been burnt down last night," Makupula described.

He adds that the matter was reported by the school Principal and SGB chairperson to the department's officials as soon as they heard about it.

The Principal arrived at the school on Wednesday night before local firebrigades were called.

"The matter has been reported to the local police as there is strong evidence of arson. I therefore appeal to the public to please help the police in their investigation, through their cooperation to ensure if there is any foul-play, those involved are brought to book.

"As the department we are busy developing an urgent intervention to ensure teaching and learning is not compromised by this. The district director is scheduled to talk to the school community including learners of this school, this morning," Makupula described.

He added that a meeting to discuss a way forward has been chaired by the District Education Director.

"In the meantime, I appeal for calm to allow the police to conduct their thorough investigation."