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Extra security for chaotic Cape schools

Saps and security guards were sent to two Cape school on Tuesday, education officials confirmed.

FILE: Toilets at a Cape Town school where vandals ripped basins from the wall. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - Security guards have been deployed to a Valhalla Park school following several incidents of vandalism, the Western Cape Education Department confirmed on Tuesday.

Thieves stole copper cables and lights, leaving many classrooms with no electricity.

The school took another knock at the weekend when more classrooms were vandalised.

Kitchen equipment was also stolen, forcing many children who depend on school for meals to go hungry.

Department spokesperson Bronagh Casey said schooling was disrupted on Monday.

"Teaching and learning at the school hasn't been disrupted today [Tuesday], it has continued as per normal. The school has sufficient space to accommodate the learners that were in classrooms affected by the vandalism and theft."

Meanwhile, the department has asked South African Police Service (Saps) officials to patrol and protect the perimeter of a Khayelitsha school following two days of disruptions.

Officials said several former pupils jumped the fence and threatened some learners and teachers at the Bulumko Secondary School on Monday.

In 2012, an 18-year-old pupil was stabbed to death at the institution.

At the time, police confirmed the incident was gang-related.

Casey said many pupils were too afraid to go to school on Tuesday.

"Our officials are at the school. Our hope is to stabilise the situation so that learning and teaching can continue tomorrow [Wednesday]. We have called on Saps to patrol the school to ensure the safety of the learners."