Fencing concerns mount

2019-02-19 06:01
The school fence at Alpine Primary School is in need of repair.PHOTO: Samantha lee

The school fence at Alpine Primary School is in need of repair.PHOTO: Samantha lee

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Security measures will be put in place following a recent incident at Alpine Primary School.

The school called an emergency safety meeting last Tuesday following an incident on Friday 8 February.

It is alleged that three boys entered the school premises and one was heard saying he felt like ‘raping a teacher’.

The boys are allegedly affiliated to a gang and are not learners at the school.

It is believed the boys entered the school through the broken school fence.

Police, who attended the meeting, confirmed the incident.

“Police attended the [meeting] in conjunction with the Anti-Gang Unit and we [already] do regular patrols as fencing is the biggest problem. Parents and community [also] came to assist with security,” said Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Captain Ian Williams.

He said a case was not opened because a case was not made.

“[The officers] spoke to the teacher. The boys walked past her class and she heard one say ‘yor, ek smaak ’n juf rape’, that is when she came out of her class and asked them what they are saying, not knowing that they do not belong at the school,” said Williams.

It is further alleged that another threat was sent to the school that the boys would return on that Tuesday, hence the meeting was called to address the concerns.

At the time of the meeting, there was very little access control as large parts of the fence were either in bad condition or missing entirely. There were also sections that were unstable or had holes in them.

Following the meeting, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) prioritised the securing of the school.

“Alpine Primary will receive emergency security. The school was also placed on the infrastructure priority list for new fencing in the 2019/20 financial year.

“Tackling the scourge of burglary and vandalism at Western Cape schools is not a fight that the WCED can tackle alone. Everyone should help protect schools as it is fundamental to the future of our children,” said WCED spokesperson Millicent Merton.

“Our Safe Schools Directorate is very active in mobilising communities to look after schools, in conjunction with the police and community-based organisations. The cooperation of the community and the police is essential in order to combat vandalism and to create a safe school environment that promotes teaching and learning.”

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