Gangsterism the norm for Cape Town pupils

2012-11-01 12:00

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Cape Town - Teachers and principals at Hanover Park schools in Cape Town have made a desperate plea to Community Safety MEC Dan Plato to address gang violence in the area, it was reported on Thursday.

Shots were fired daily near schools, and pupils had often witnessed someone being wounded or killed, the Cape Argus reported.

"My concern is the children are so desensitised. They can tell you how [gangsters] cock the guns. It's a huge concern that they are looking at gangsters as their role models," Blomvlei Primary principal Dawn Petersen said.

"They think abnormal is normal."

Some children recently witnessed a heavy object being thrown at a pupil's father, who died of a head injury.

In another incident, a woman was killed in crossfire near the school one morning. Her body was removed only that afternoon.

The violence had affected many pupils, with some becoming aggressive and others needing medication to cope.

According to the report, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato had asked principals to forward their safety ideas to him, so he could share them with the education department and the police.

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