Cape Town – Mothelesi Secondary School in the North West has lost files, furniture and essential equipment following a fire that erupted at the school on Saturday.
According to the North West department of education, the principal was alerted to the incident by pupils living near the school.
In a statement, the department said it was disturbing to learn that the principal’s office and a classroom were burnt while the education MEC, Viola Motshumi condemned the incident.
“Such incidents delay the delivery of quality education … This incident is going to exacerbate the infrastructural backlogs faced by the province. I call on law enforcement agencies to apprehend anyone behind this horrible incident,” she said.
She said two photocopiers, a printer, fridge, classroom furniture, and school files were damaged.
On Saturday, the school was forced to cancel extra lessons due to the fire, the statement said.
Motshumi appealed to the public to work with the department to protect school infrastructure.
“The department relies on communities to ensure that the much-needed resources are taken care of. Anybody with information is requested to contact the local police,” Motshumi said.
The cause of the fire reemained unknown.
Picture: Facebook/ North West Department of Education
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe