Police tackle school gangsterism

2016-05-25 06:00
A POLICE sniffer dog sniffs the bags of learners in one of the classrooms of the Kgololosego Secondary School in Dealesville during a search conducted by the Park Road Police. Photo: Supplied

A POLICE sniffer dog sniffs the bags of learners in one of the classrooms of the Kgololosego Secondary School in Dealesville during a search conducted by the Park Road Police. Photo: Supplied

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A GROWING number of incidents in which high school learners from the Dealesville township have turned the school into a battlefield to settle gang-related grudges have caused grave concern.

Incidents of this nature were reported at the Kgololosego Secondary School, causing panic among the teachers and the members of the school governing body (SGB).

Capt. Chaka Marope, the spokesperson of the Park Road Police cluster, said the SGB and teachers of the school had complained about a number of learners who had turned the school into a battlefield to settle their fights after clashes over the weekends.

Marope said the culprits were learners suspected to be involved in drug activities. He said the culprits would go to school carrying weapons.

Following growing concern over the learners’ fights within the school premises, Marope said the Park Road Police cluster had raided the school on 5 May and found a pepper spray canister and boxes of matches in the bag of one of the gr. 8 learners.

No drugs were found during the raid and Marope said sniffer dogs had been used.

“The raid was part of the police, school safety and the social crime prevention programme to get rid of drugs and weapons in schools,” said Marope.

Marope said operations at schools were on-going as part of the Safer Schools Project and the No Knife Campaign.

Anti-crime raids were also conducted at the Boshoff High School and the Bloemfontein South High School on 19 and 20 May.

Marope said a 16-year-old learner at the Bloemfontein South High School had been busted on Friday (20/05) for the possession of dagga. He said nothing suspicious had been found at the Boshoff High School. Marope said four learners of the Bloemfontein South High School had tested positive for the use of dagga, with the principal recommended to take disciplinary action against the culprits.

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