A female Learner assisted two men in stealing electronic equipment at a school in Sebokeng

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SEBOKENG. – The Gauteng Department of Community Safety reports that two men aged between 20 and 21,  who masqueraded as learners at Dinokeng Secondary School in Sebokeng have been arrested after being found in possession of stolen electronic accessories such as lap-tops and tablets belonging to the school. It is said that the two men pursued their act of criminality with the assistance of a twenty-year old female learner based at the same school.

Gauteng Community Safety   MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, welcomes the active role played by community patrollers following the arrest of  the two two men who were arrested in the early hours of Friday   It is alleged that the two men entered the school under false pretense in full school uniform and claiming to be learners at the school. Suspecting community patrollers then alerted school authorities. The suspects were later confronted and during a search operation they were found to be in possession of the stolen items from the school.

“I encourage our community patrollers to continue to play an active role to deal decisively with crime in our respective communities. Community Policing forums are critical structures that are aimed at assisting government to deal with the scourge of crime. I am delighted that their presence are proving to bear fruits as more arrests are being made due to their active involvement. I have also noted that these suspects linked with Dinokeng Secondary School case have been let out to walk freely by police, I would like to caution that anyone found guilty in this regard will face the full might of law.

“I have since instructed a highly competent investigation team to expedite this case and ensure that the law take its rightful course without fear or favor.  Our establishment of the patroller movement is a clear demonstration of our collective commitment to create a safe environment for Gauteng citizens. It is critical that key stakeholders such as the community through community policing forums and law enforcement agencies work together in bringing crime to acceptable levels,” said Nkosi-Malobane.

Recently, many schools have experienced burglaries where smart boards and other electronic devices were reportedly stolen from their premises. In another incident, the community patrollers assisted the police to apprehend a female drug dealer in Orange Farm extension earlier this month. Police in collaboration with patrollers confiscated 109 Nyaope packages which were ready to be sold as well as 27 packets of dagga found in her possession. The suspect is remanded in custody while investigations are currently underway.

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