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21 Cape schools vandalised during school holidays

Preliminary figures for half the affected schools show repairs have already amounted to about R800,000.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says 21 schools have been vandalised during the summer break.

Schools in the metro were the worst affected.

The province has however recorded a decrease incidents compared to previous years.

Preliminary figures for just half the affected schools show repairs have already amounted to about R800,000.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer says additional security measures have been implemented at 413 provincial schools.

Her spokesperson Jessica Shelver says despite a drop in vandalism cases in December, officials remain concerned at the extent of the damage.

"This comes at a huge expense not only to the department but to the school as well. Annually, the department spends about R10 million on repairs."

In Mossel Bay, school could not resume on the first day of the term, after vandals stole water pipes and destroyed the ablution blocks.

At one Cape Town skills school, which was burgled during the holidays, special training equipment worth thousands of rands was also stolen.