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School vandalism 'demoralising'

Two Cape Town school governing body organisations plan to team up to fight crime in Mitchells Plain.

Toilets at Beacon Hill Secondary School where intruders ripped basins from the wall. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two school governing body organisations plan to team up to tackle crime in Mitchells Plain.

This after several Cape Town schools were targeted by vandals and thieves.

Eyewitness News toured some of the worst-affected institutions.

Everything of any value is either bolted down or encased in a cage in one classroom.

A visibly exhausted Sandra Bastiaan, who teaches at Cascade Primary School, says it is the same story every Monday.

Some teachers told Eyewitness News it is become a crisis.

"It's very demoralising for the educators."

Principal Gale Adriaanse says she does not know what more they can do to prevent vandalism and burglaries.

Mitchells Plain police say, on average, seven cases are reported every week.

During the June school holidays, at least 31 schools were burgled and vandalised throughout the province.

The culprits stole cables and copper pipes.

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