While Eastern Cape schools are bracing for the necessary precautions for their reopening by Monday, more than 200 schools are facing the damage done in burglaries
Since the day following the entry into force of the state of restriction (March 28) to June 2, 268 burglaries have been reported to schools in the province.
The figures are in a report submitted to Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, Eastern Cape MEC for Transport and Safety, to the provincial government’s Covid-19 council.
According to the report, schools were targeted mainly for food, computer equipment, tools, water tanks and doors.
Police have already arrested 48 suspects in 21 of the cases reported during Level 5 and Level 4 of the restriction.
The province’s Covid-19 council said in a statement on Tuesday that a proposal was approved to strengthen cooperation between the various authorities, with the aim of promoting community safety.
The proposal includes improved coordination of work between government departments and agencies for the acquisition of technological equipment, such as drones and street cameras, as part of the implementation of strategies for safer cities and districts.
According to the MEC’s statement, in addition to the burglaries at schools, there was also an increase in burglaries at businesses, especially liquor stores, and an increase in stock thefts during the restriction period.