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23 January 2018

Release: Immediate

It is deeply concerning that 32 incidents of vandalism were reported by our Province’s schools over the December holidays. This amounts to eleven (11) more incidents, compared to the same period in the previous year.

We call on all communities across the Province to join us in our fight against vandalism, as the consequences of these crimes are severe. I further urge residents to report any incidents of vandalism to the SAPS and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

The damage caused by heartless vandals, has a direct effect on the education of our learners, as they will now not be able to access critical facilities, to ensure that learning takes place.

Furthermore, funds that should be utilised to build new infrastructure, must now be allocated to repairing the schools that’s been damaged by merciless thugs. As a community that cares for the next generation, we must do what we can to prevent these crimes from occurring.The WCED reported that the estimated cost of the damages to schools this past holiday is over half a million rand and still counting.

I would like to commend the WCED, who have over the last few years, deployed additional security to schools that were identified as high risk. Furthermore, for their continued efforts in mobilising communities, and working in partnership with the SAPS and various stakeholders to address burglary and vandalism across our schools in the Province.

As the DA in the Western Cape we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that our places of learning are safe from those who seek to destroy our schools, so that several educational programmes are advanced, thus providing further educational opportunities for learners in the province.

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