- Gunmen robbed teachers and students at a school in Pietermaritzburg last weekend.
- The students attended an overnight study session at Georgetown High School.
- The robbers made off with 20 cell phones and wallets.
A group of teachers and students were robbed at gunpoint on Saturday while attending an overnight study session at Georgetown High School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
It is alleged that three gunmen entered the property after slashing the fence.
Police spokesman Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo said the gunmen took 20 cell phones and wallets.
An investigation into a business robbery is underway.
According to Education MEC Mbali Frazer, the gunmen held a guard at gunpoint and demanded keys to the school’s offices.
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“The guard and the educators refused to give the keys to the gunmen, leading to the latter firing a series of gunshots as they fired at the padlocks in an attempt to open them.
“After several failed attempts to break the padlocks, the gunmen climbed over the wall to gain access to the classrooms where the students were engaged in the study session. They robbed them of their cell phones and money,” Frazer said.
She said the students were “seriously traumatized by the incident”.
“The community must help the police identify these criminals. We must remember that safety in schools is the responsibility of everyone in the community. If these criminals are not arrested, they will continue their brutality in our schools and in society,” Frazer added.
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