Article by Khanyi Moshia
Two schools in Soshanguve, a township in the north of Pretoria have been set on fire. The two separate incidents both occurred during the nation wide lockdown.
The City of Tshwane official Twitter account announced the sad news on Monday, the 6th of April 2020.
Phuthanang Primary School was the first school to be engulfed by a fire, some time last week, and the administration block of Amogelang Secondary School was torched in the early hours of Monday morning.
It is reported that items such as photocopy machines, school files, printers and computers were destroyed by the fire.
Although investigations are still underway, it is believed that there was a break-in at the Secondary School prior to the fire, as some locks and doors were broken.
Gauteng Department of Education’s Steve Mabona stated that residents living around the school heard an explosion-like sound coming from the school and a fire erupted shortly after that.
Fire fighters were called to the scene and they managed to put the fire out, however the administration block was burnt down. The fire department has launched their investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi shared his disappointment that yet another school has been destroyed by fire.
A police investigation has been opened and there aren’t any arrests yet.