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A 51-year-old security guard by the name of Jeffrey Zitha was allegedly shot and killed by intruders during a burglary at Sibambisene Primary School in Mpumalanga. Meanwhile, police at Pienaar have launched a massive manhunt for the suspect(s).
According to SAPS, several laptops were stolen during the burglary on Friday 27 August 2021.
Police at Pienaar, as well as, the medical personnel were informed about the incident where upon arrival the security guard was certified dead.
“A murder case was opened accordingly and an investigation launched. The preliminary probe by police suggests that the suspect(s) gained entry through the ceiling,” said Colonel Donald Mdhluli.
No one has been arrested yet, however, police at Pienaar urge members of the public to assist with information on the whereabouts of the suspects by contacting Detective Captain Vusi Thobela at 082-469-1956. The community can also call the Crime Stop number on 086-00 1-0111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, also encouraged members of the public to come forth with information that can assist in bringing those responsible to book before another innocent life is lost at the hands of ruthless criminals.
Apart from a security guard being shot and killed at Sibambisene Primary School, a Grade 8 pupil in Alexandra, Johannesburg, also recently lost his life after he was stabbed, allegedly by another learner, on school grounds.
According to the Gauteng Education Department (GDE), the incident occurred at Pholosho Secondary School on Monday 30 August.
“The fatal incident is alleged to have occurred midday when the school’s disciplinary committee was dealing with a fight that involved three other learners. In the midst of that intervention, it was reported that a learner was allegedly stabbed to death by another learner outside a classroom,” said GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona.
“I need to make it abundantly clear that our schools can never be sites of violent conduct, assaults, or bullying. Violence has no place at our schools and we call on school management to work with parents and the Department to ensure we bring these acts of ill-discipline and misconduct to a swift end,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.