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Arson attack at a Vaal school incurs R4 million in damages

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Gauteng Education Department says four classrooms at a Vaal Triangle high school have been burnt to the ground, incurring an estimated R4 million in damages. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was furious after he received reports that four ICT classrooms at Tokelo High School in Evaton had been set alight in the early hours of this morning. Firefighters were dispatched and managed to extinguish the fire. Lesufi said, unfortunately, four ICT classrooms on the first floor of a block of eight classes were burnt down to ashes. Lesufi said sadly, learner material retrievals and new stock was temporarily stored in one room and were all destroyed by fire – the loss is estimated at approximately R4 million. However, he said the reality is they do not have funds to repair the school. Engineers will assist the department to determine which part of the block may still be used. Lesufi urged the community to be vigilant and assist to track suspects and inform the police. Police spokesperson Captain Teboho Lephoto said they were investigating a case of malicious damage to property.

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