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It will cost an estimated R141m to fix the 158 schools vandalised and looted during the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, but where the funding will come from remains an open question, parliament heard on Tuesday.

The damage is the latest in a series of blows to the basic education sector, which has faced a surge in vandalism to school property during the lockdown imposed by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic and a series of budget cuts implemented by the Treasury as it sought to rein in debt and stabilise government finances...

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