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Burglary, vandalism incidents drop in WC schools

Last year, during the June-July holiday, the department recorded 21 cases.

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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says burglary and vandalism incidents have decreased since last year.

Last year, during the June-July holiday, the department recorded 21 cases. This year, however, there were 15 incidents, only one of which has been classified as "major" while the others are minor cases.

The department has heightened security at 422 schools across the province during the winter holiday which included patrols at certain schools.

Schafer's spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the most serious incident occurred at a school in Khayelitsha where robbers managed to steal 27 computers and other equipment, costing the department about R350,000.

“The burglars are stealing opportunities away from our children. It’s nonsensical that we must tolerate this ongoing destruction of our facilities. It’s forcing us to divert much-needed resources that could be better used to improve education, especially for our disadvantaged schools.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)