WC sets aside R49m to combat school vandalism

Education MEC Debbie Schafer says the problem is most prevalent in areas where gangsterism is rampant.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education has set aside almost R49 million in a bid to combat school vandalism.

Since the start of the year almost 300 schools in the province have been hit by vandals.

22 of these institutions have been targeted more than 10 times.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer says the problem is most prevalent in areas where gangsterism is rampant.

"Obviously where we have a lot of gang activity and substance abuse, which often go together, there appears to be high risks there because people use our schools as hardware stores to feed their habits. But we don't wish to identify specific areas because that can change from time to time."