This is the reality – since when must a shool supply tablets or computers to children and where are the necessary insurances on this equipment? This ANC government do it because they want to feed them like them. In our days, before 1994, there was no such luck to have such elite computers to do your homework. It was expected from us to go to a library, take time and do your own research from books and write your own essays. Today, they just steal it and then after that they complain they have nothing to work on. That is easy making money – claim from the insurance companies. 15% VAT again to the government.
EASY MONEY MAKING SCHEMES
MAKLIKE GELDMAAK FOEFIE HIERDIE
Dis nou ‘n gereelde instelling hoe duur rekenaar toerusting vanuit skole voetjies kry en wegloop. Agterna kan mos net gese word daar is nie teksboeke nie. In ons dae voor 1994 was daar geen rekenaars of ander bybehore aan ons gegee nie, ons moes nog biblioteek toe gaan vir eie navorsing en jou eie werk skryf vir inhandiging. Versekeringseise beloop ook waarskynlik miljoene hier en so kry mense hul eie rekenaars, tuis.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng said it was concerned that laptops, smartboards and tablets worth millions of rand have been stolen from Gauteng schools in the last three years. DA Gauteng member of the executive council for education, Khume Ramulifho, said 49 laptops to the value of R527 000 were reported stolen in the past three financial years.
As many as 379 smartboards to the value of about R5.5 million were also stolen and 8 200 tablets to the estimated value of R42.9 million were reported either stolen or lost in the past three financial years. Ramulifho said he got the information from a response to his questions posed to Education and Youth Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi in the provincial legislature.
“The department only managed to recover 342 smartboards and 200 tablets from those that were reported stolen with the police,” said Ramulifho. “In addition, a total of 170 incidents of theft and vandalism with the estimated damage value of R2 064 000 have been reported to the department in the last three financial years with only 113 incidents reported to the police. “There are no clear reasons as to why 57 incidents of theft and vandalism were not reported to the police. We call on MEC Lesufi to institute an investigation into these cases to ascertain why they were not reported.”
Ramulifho said despite the fact that some cases of stolen tablets, laptops and smartboards have been reported to the police, the department was not aware of any cases that have been finalised in the past three financial years. He said the lack of urgency indicates poor school safety strategies.
Equally, the police were failing to prioritise schools as there was no investigation progress report for the cases opened, said Ramulifho. “It is very worrying that the department continues to lose millions in theft and burglaries while not much is being done to safeguard assets. The department has dismally failed to prevent the incidents of theft and burglaries in our schools,” said Ramulifho.
“It is right time to explore other safety measures such as installing CCTV cameras and alarm systems linked to nearby police stations as a way of strengthening security measures. “Untrained and unarmed patrollers alone will not be able to safeguard our valuable assets they also need community members to take ownership of the schools.”
Some of the equipment stolen from a new multimillion-rand school in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni, has been recovered, the Gauteng education department said.
Spokesperson Steve Mabona posted a picture of the outside of a shop in the Johannesburg CBD, saying the goods had been found there. The shop, on the corner of Mooi and Helen Joseph streets, trades in stationery and electronic equipment.
The police arrested four suspects on Friday who robbed the Menzi Primary School in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni. “Police are also searching for the remaining stolen items,” spokesperson Capt Kay Makhubele. The suspects are between 23 and 38 years old. The police found 22 tablets and three laptops during the arrest allegedly stolen from the school. The suspects will appear in the Tsakane magistrate’s court. When schools reopened, Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Tsakane in Ekurhuleni to unveil 33 “smart” classrooms at Menzi Primary School. The equipment was stolen six days later.
It is alleged that two security guards were tied up and locked in a strongroom at the school. The criminals broke the main vault door to get keys for the entire school. The department said the main areas broken into were the administration block and the IT offices, where the tablets are charged overnight. “There is evident forceful entry on the doors of all the areas they went into,” the department said. It said items stolen included all 185 tablets for pupils, eight laptops for teachers, two data projectors, three desktop computers, a flat screen TV, petty cash of just less than R500 and a digital video recorder for cameras.
After the burglary, Lesufi challenged the residents of Tsakane, near Brakpan, to “hunt for the robbers”. He said their failure to help catch the robbers would see the department removing the remaining equipment from the school. During the handing-over ceremony, Lesufi urged Tsakane residents and pupils to protect the new school from vandals. Lesufi said that as a result of the robbery, all grade 7 pupils did not have textbooks because their e-books were stored on the stolen tablets.