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Rietgat police investigate school fire

“The only people who suffer from these actions are the learners who will now have to be taught in overcrowded classrooms.”

Rietgat police are investigating after two mobile classrooms at the MJ Mgidi Secondary School in Soshanguve were destroyed in a fire last week Wednesday.

“Fortunately, firefighters rushed to the scene and could extinguish the fire before more damage was caused to the school property,” said Gauteng Department of Education Steve Mabona.

“The cost of damage is currently under evaluation and has not been determined yet.”

Some classroom furniture was destroyed also in the fire.

Photo :Supplied. One of the classes that burnt down in MJ Mgidi Secondary School

According to the department, the fire started in the evening.

Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Maluleka said they have opened an enquiry into the incident.

No arrest has been made.

Photo :Supplied. One of the classrooms destroyed in a school fire.

“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident,” he said.

No one was injured in the fire.

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DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education Khume Ramulifho said the fire meant learning and teaching at the school will be disrupted when it reopens after the school holidays.

“The only people who suffer from these actions are the learners who will now have to be taught in overcrowded classrooms, while some will not have classrooms at all,” said Ramulifho.

“This is putting further strain on the department’s already strained resources. It has become the norm for community members to express their dissatisfaction by destroying community resources.

Photo :Supplied. One of the classes that burnt down in MJ Mgidi Secondary School

“We urge communities to safeguard and protect our schools as these are precious resources meant to improve the lives of children.”

He called on the SAPS to ensure that the perpetrators be brought to book.

“Burning down public property, specifically at schools, is destroying the future of our children and the country.”

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