KZN schools riot damage estimated at over R100m

KZN schools riot damage estimated at over R100m

The damage caused to schools and other education facilities during last month's unrest in KwaZulu-Natal is estimated at over R100 million.

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Broken school window / iStock

MEC Kwazi Mshengu says 144 schools were targeted.

He says eight circuit offices and three educational centres also suffered damage.

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On Tuesday, Mshengu told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Basic Education the vandalism has devastated the sector.

"Completely collapsed our matric intervention programme - the winter programme that we normally have and that which we had planned. 

"The infrastructure damage that has been suffered basically adds on the already existing backlog of schools that have been damaged in the past by criminal elements. 

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"But, also those schools that have been damaged by the inclement weather conditions which we've not been able to repair as a department precisely because of the shortage of funds."

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