A teenage suspect has been arrested in connection with the robbery that unfolded at Sea Point High School last Wednesday.
Two armed robbers broke onto school premises and assaulted a teacher with the gun. Pupils were also threatened and a total of 50 cellphones were stolen.
The 15-year-old suspect, who hails from Philippi East, is a student at Sea Point High School. Speaking to IOL, South African Police Services (SAPS) spokesperson Andre Traut said police found six mobile phone covers at his home which are believed to have been on some of the phones taken during the robbery.
“He was identified by means of surveillance footage at the school when he and his accomplices entered the classroom at around 10.10am while learners were writing exams. The teacher and learners were held at gunpoint and robbed of a number of cellular telephones. The suspect is due to make his court appearance in Cape Town tomorrow while his accomplice is being sought,” Traut said.
According to Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, the teacher sustained injuries to her face during the incident.
“The police and the WCED’s Safe Schools were contacted. The WCED’s Specialised Support directorate has been informed and the school has a counsellor and a psychologist on site for learners who require support and counselling,” Schäfer said at the time of the robbery. “The school has a security guard and CCTV cameras and we hope that the police will use the camera footage to identify the suspects and ensure they face the full might of the law. I have also requested that this case be added to the Watching Brief Lists and my office has already made contact with the Sea Point police.”
Picture: Sea Point High School