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Offline Rhodan

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Gunmen hit on Gauteng school
« on: September 06, 2007, 08:12:45 am »
Gunmen have stormed into a school, ordering matriculants writing an accounting prelim exam to lie down on the floor of the hall.

The 54 matric pupils and four staff members of the Oxford Combined School in Kempton Park were held at gunpoint while the school was being robbed.

A pastoral counsellor spoke to the matriculants on Wednesday.

School principal Pierre de Lange said the children "came off scot-free, thank the Lord".

Someone beating school secretary

The robbers made off with about R7 000 and two cellphones.

De Lange and his deputy, Ann de Villiers, were supervising the exam at about 13:20 on Wednesday in a hall adjacent to the office block.

He heard a noise in the office.

While he was on his way there, he heard someone beating Elizabeth Sithole, the school secretary.

De Lange said he saw a man carrying a pistol, hitting and forcing Sithole under a table.

De Lange, who recently underwent a hip replacement operation, was beaten with his crutch, thrown down and kicked.

Meanwhile an armed man entered the hall through a side door and told De Villiers and the pupils to lie down.

De Villiers said she didn't know where she got the strength from, but she kept on speaking to the children and telling them "to lie still."

Overpowered the guard

"The two men I saw were very self-assured. They swore and asked: 'Where's the money?'"

De Lange said the men apparently gained access to the premises by overpowering the guard at the gate and forcing him, with a firearm jammed in the small of his back, to walk through to the school entrance.

Luckily the incident took place "about five minutes before the pupils were supposed to hand in their exam papers," De Lange said.

They will not rewrite the exam.


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Re: Gunmen hit on Gauteng school
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007, 08:33:36 am »
All this stuff is happening very close to where we live.....visas please hurry up......:'(

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Re: Gunmen hit on Gauteng school
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007, 11:01:58 am »
Boy am I glad that we don't have to send our kids to school in SA at all!!