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Vandalism at WC schools drops

Authorities say tight and visible security played a major role during the holidays.

FILE: A classroom at Joe Slovo Secondary School after being vandalised during the school holidays. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education said reinforced security has led to a decrease in vandalism during school holidays.

Only 18 vandalism cases were reported during the three week winter holidays.

The department says it's a 42 percent drop compared to previous years.

In the last financial year, the education department has spent more than R10 million repairing vandalised schools.

The department says the drop in vandalism comes as a result of increased security and proactive community participation.

During the winter break, 413 Cape schools benefitted from either 12 or 24 hour security.

Despite these interventions, 18 still fell victim to vandals, with most incidents taking place in the Cape Winelands District.

Officials say preliminary figures for just half the schools affected, show repairs could amount to about R250,000.