Gauteng steps up school security amid fears of xenophobic violence

2015-04-17 19:57

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The Gauteng education department will step up security at schools with high enrolment of foreign pupils amid fears that they may be attacked as xenophobic violence rages on.

There were reports earlier this week that parents, especially in Durban, have been preventing their children from going to school fearing for their lives.

The same fears moved to Johannesburg where several incidents of xenophobic violence were reported this week. Some pupils have not attended schools after their parents were displaced following the violence while others fled their homes in fear of being attacked.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said foreign parents can send their children to schools in the province without any apprehension.

Lesufi assured foreign parents of their children’s safety at Gauteng schools during a press briefing in Johannesburg today.

“We reassure parents of foreign pupils that their children will be safe in our schools. Parents have no reason to feel that their children will be attacked,” he said.

“We are going to elevate security in some schools with high enrolment of foreign pupils. There is no need to prevent children from going to school.”

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