Calm returns at Bulumko high, but for how long

2016-05-19 06:00

There is an uneasy tension at Bulumko Secondary School in Khayelitsha where rival factions of youths have called a truce.

On Monday, parents hosted a meeting where a truce between youngsters from J section and Town Two.

This meeting followed the shutting down of the school last week by parents who were fed up with the on-going violence.

Parents had tried to intervene by searching and patrolling the school, when, instead, knife-wielding boys threatened them.

On Tuesday last week the parents shut down the school demanding action from authorities.

However, the following day there was allegedly another stabbing incident where three learners from the school were harmed.

The Lingelethu West SAPS had promised high visibility patrols, an awareness talk, school searches and an imbizo.

The Western Cape Education Department also said that it had done its best to manage the situation.

“The on-going gang activity in the vicinity of our schools is completely unacceptable. We do everything possible to protect our learners while they are on school premises, however, we have no control over what happens when they are travelling to and from school,” said spokesperson Jessica Shelver.

She said even though crime control and community safety lay in the hands of SAPS, they(department) have been working hard with stakeholders such as the Safer Schools Programs to address the issue.

She also added that the MEC for education Debbie Schafer had released a statement ‘highlighting the very concerns that the parents raised today’.

According to one of the parents, the situation remained calm on Tuesday but they believed that peace would be short-lived as there have been rumours of injured learners looking for revenge.

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