MEC pleased with less burglary

2017-07-27 06:01

The western Cape MEC for education Debbie Schafer is reportedly pleased with the reduced number of reported incidents of burglary and vandalism at schools.

Through a statement she announced that only 15 incidents were reported as opposed to the 21 that was reported last year in the same period.

“One case was reported as major while the remaining 14 cases were classified as minor.

This suggests that local communities are actively looking after schools, in addition to our security measures.

We have found that the safest schools are those where local citizens help to look after the properties.

While many schools were hubs of activity over the holiday period, there were schools that remained vacant and were therefore targeted by vandals,” she said.

She encouraged communities to be vigilant regarding activities around schools and report any suspicious behaviour to SAPS as soon as possible.

She said that in most cases, perpetrators broke into the school classrooms and vandalised the interior, breaking windows and doors, yet stealing nothing. Perpetrators also targeted ablutions and stole basins, flush mechanisms, copper wiring and pipes from schools.

“The WCED spends about R10 million a year on emergency repairs for damage resulting from major incidents of vandalism. This financial year, we have had to increase this allocation to R30 million.

The department and schools could better spend these funds on improving the quality of education in schools. At the end of the day, vandalism represents theft from our learners,” she added.

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