Mystery fire in library leaves 30 schools without books, study material and computers

Celani Sikhakhane

The children of Ezakheni woke up on Tuesday to find the library burnt down and study equipment including books, computers and other important materials in ashes. 

Community leader and local councillor Nathi Mthethwa said they are all confused about the fire. 

“There was no community protest or any service delivery complaints that may be linked to the burning of the library. We really don’t know whether it is part of the deliberate destruction of public institutions as we have seen in recent times,” he said.  

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts and Culture princess Hlengiwe Mavimbela said that it was very sad to see the burning of such an important institution. 

“We call upon anyone who can help to identify these perpetrators to come forward and work with law enforcement to ensure that these people are caught,” Mavimbela said.

Tuesday was the 13th commemoration of the Annual World Read Aloud Day and the learners and students were supposed to gather and read at the library.

The library is the only one available to the Ezakheni community and it catered to four wards in Mcitsheni and St Chads.

World Read Aloud Day turned into a nightmare for the children of 30 schools including TVET College students in Ezakheni Township in Ladysmith. 

The children of Ezakheni woke up on Tuesday to find the library burnt down and study equipment including books, computers and other important materials in ashes. 

Community leader and local councillor Nathi Mthethwa said they are all confused about the fire. 

“There was no community protest or any service delivery complaints that may be linked to the burning of the library. We really don’t know whether it is part of the deliberate destruction of public institutions as we have seen in recent times,” he said.  

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts and Culture princess Hlengiwe Mavimbela said that it was very sad to see the burning of such an important institution. 

“We call upon anyone who can help to identify these perpetrators to come forward and work with law enforcement to ensure that these people are caught,” Mavimbela said.

Tuesday was the 13th commemoration of the Annual World Read Aloud Day and the learners and students were supposed to gather and read at the library.

The library is the only one available to the Ezakheni community and it catered to four wards in Mcitsheni and St Chads.