The R105 million Menzi question


What is the real expenditure for those stolen goods?   Could this really add up to R105 million? The primary school was robbed just a week after education MEC Panyaza Lesufi opened the R105m facility and asked Tsakane residents to look after it.    stolen included 185 tablets, eight laptops, two projectors and three desktop computers. A plasma TV and R500 in petty cash were also taken.

On Monday during the night of 14 January a group of criminals tied up the two patrollers and locked them in one of the rooms before stealing all 185 tablets for learners, as well as laptops and data projectors for teachers.

Asked how the robbers might have known which vault had keys to the other vaults, Mabona said: “Looks like an inside job.”

The school boasts facilities such as 33 smart classrooms, a grade R block with five classrooms, two smart science labs, two smart multi-purpose rooms, a library and dining hall.

Four suspects aged have been arrested in connection with the robbery at the shool in Tsakane. .   The four, between 23 and 38, were arrested during an intelligence-driven operation by Ekurhuleni police, which led to equipment – believed to have been stolen from the Menzi Primary School – being recovered on Friday at a store in Johannesburg.

Forced entry was used to steal – what has been stolen?

  • All 185 learner tablets;
  • 8 teacher laptops;
  • 2 data projectors;
  • 3 desktop computers;
  • Plasma TV;
  • Petty cash of less than R500;
  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for cameras (plus hard drive).

“Some of the grade 7 learners do not have any textbooks as their e-books are gone with the tablets,” the department said.


Dis baie duur rekenaar- en ander toerusting wat gesteel is – oor die R105 miljoen, wat ‘n aardige bedrag is.    Dit terwyl daar ‘n tekort aan skole is, baie het nie eers teksboeke nie, maar oral is daar skootrekenaars wat eenvoudig gesteel word.    Al hierdie toerusting kan onmoontlik by daardie bedrag uitkom.



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