Mbabane: The police are being vigilant in the protection of schools from arson attacks says the National Commissioner of Police, William Dlamini. In a strong worded statement the police chief expressed his deep concern and dismay at the acts of sabotage being perpetrated around the country targeting government structures such as schools, and Tinkhundla centres.
Dlamini says “as a measure of protecting schools from the needless and senseless attacks we appeal to communities where these facilities are located, especially utilizing community based crime prevention structures such as the community police, to continue ensuring their safety and security in partnership with the police.”
In light of this situation the Royal Eswatini Police Service announced that they will offer a cash reward for information that will lead to the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the perpetrators of the on- going sabotage
Earlier this week the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Training, Bertram Stewart emphasized that the security of schools is the preserve of the police and not that of the Education Ministry. He was responding to an inquiry as to whether learners, teachers and schools are at all safe given the recent spate of arson attacks on schools in the country.
Stewart says “It is the responsibility of the police to assess the security of the schools and then to deploy the relevant personnel if indeed there is threat.”
It has been reported that up to eleven schools have been subjected to arson attacks throughout the country since the start of the political unrest in June.