Booze binge pupils break into shops

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

THREE Form Four pupils at Plumtree High School broke into two kiosks in Plumtree’s Cen­tral Busi­ness District af­ter es­cap­ing from the board­ing school at night and stole var­i­ous goods fol­low­ing a drink­ing spree.

The three boys, who are all be­low 16, sneaked out of school on Mon­day night and were caught while steal­ing from two kiosks.

The Officer Com­mand­ing Crime in Pumtree, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mzamo Bhebhe said the boys were detained at Plumtree Po­lice Sta­tion but were later re­leased af­ter the com­plainants dropped the charges the fol­low­ing day.

The pupils allegedly stole a lap­top and other goods which were not iden­ti­fied.

‘’I can con­firm that we re­ceived a case of ju­ve­niles from Plumtree High School who were in­volved in a theft case. They were detained at our po­lice sta­tion but have since been re­leased as the charges against them have been with­drawn,’’ he said.

An of­fi­cial at­from Plumtree High School who pre­ferred anonymity said the three boys would face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

He said the boys sneaked out of the school in the mid­dle of the night and went to Dumms Palace Night­club to drink beer.

e source said the boys later broke into two kiosks which are lo­cated close to the school.

‘’The boys took some gro­cery items from one of the kiosks and ate some of the food­stuffs. They broke into an­other kiosk where they stole a lap­top.

“They were, how­ever, caught in the act by a passerby who spot­ted them and alerted the po­lice,’’ he said.

Plumtree Com­bined Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­per­son, Mr Richard Khu­malo, who owns one of the kiosks which were bro­ken into, said it was alarm­ing to learn that pupils had turned into thieves.

He said a lap­top was stolen from his kiosk but was re­cov­ered in pos­ses­sion of the pupils.

“As a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the res­i­dents, we ex­pect our chil­dren to be mon­i­tored when we send them to a board­ing school such as Plumtree High School. This in­ci­dent shows that se­cu­rity is lax at the school as there have been sev­eral reports of pupils sneak­ing out of the school to drink in lo­cal bars.

“As busi­ness peo­ple we are also wor­ried be­cause it means our prop­er­ties are not safe be­cause of these pupils,” Mr Khu­malo said.

Mangwe District Ed­u­ca­tion Officer, Mr Head­man Mpofu, said he had not yet re­ceived a re­port on the in­ci­dent.

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A Mangwe District Aids Coun­cil meet­ing that was held re­cently re­vealed that pupils from the school were sneak­ing out to Dumms Palace Night­club where they en­gaged the ser­vices of sex work­ers.

About 16 pupils from the school were sus­pended last year af­ter they were caught tak­ing drugs — @DubeMatutu.

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