CAPE TOWN: Safe Schools Directorate has increased security at identified high-risk schools and has deployed additional guards, says MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver.
According to the Western Cape Education Department, there were four incidents compared to seven, where schools were reported across the province over the autumn holiday period.
With the cost of the damage causing less than R100 000, the MEC is pleased that all reported cases were considered ‘minor’ incidents as the incidents reported included theft of copper pipes and electrical cabling.
“Two of the targeted schools were in the Cape Winelands and one school is in Metro South District,” said Shelver.
“I am informed that in the case of the Metro South School, neighbours heard the perpetrators breaking into the school and alerted the police. The perpetrators did not manage to make away with anything from the school and I must whole heartedly thank the community for their swift action,” she added.
According to Shelver, with the additional of security measures in schools, fighting burglary and vandalism in schools cannot be won without community support, as a school is a community asset, everyone is entitled to protect schools as it is fundamental to the future of children.
“The co-operation of the community is essential in order to combat vandalism and to create a safe school environment that promotes teaching and learning. We urge community members to be extra vigilant throughout the year and to immediately report any suspicious behaviour or activities that occur within the vicinity of their schools to report this immediately”, she concluded.