Mchunu: 3?000 guards for KZN schools

2013-01-17 00:00

EDUCATION MEC Senzo Mchunu is hoping for a safer year for pupils in schools around the province.

Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi yesterday said that more than 20 pupils were killed last year in violent attacks in or around KZN schools. At least seven were stabbed, while the others were shot dead.

Mchunu said: “We have beefed up security, with 3 000 security guards in our schools that are paid by the government. Even the former model C schools have their own security guards.”

If parents do not take part in efforts to stop pupils bringing weapons to school “we will lose the battle”, he said.

National Association of School Governing Bodies chairperson Reginald Chiliza said schools should not be playgrounds for criminals.

“We say no to cellphones at schools as they are a distraction and they are a risk to the lives of our children, as they attract criminals.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they conducted raids at schools last year and recovered drugs and weapons from pupils.

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