All Gauteng pupils to be searched

2011-02-10 13:24

Johannesburg - Every pupil in every school in Gauteng will be searched for illegal substances, the province's safety and security MEC said on Thursday.

"The substance abuse in these schools is frightening... we're going to search every pupil in every school in Gauteng," Faith Mazibuko's spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa said.

Mazibuko attended raids at four schools in Soweto on Wednesday, which led to the discovery of drugs, alcohol, pornography and knives.

"We will also be raiding taverns near schools as we know some of them sell liquor to minors and don't follow trading hours."

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele said about 100 officers and 100 community patrollers conducted the raids at Lavela High School in Zola, Moletsane Secondary School, Letare High School in Jabulani and Fontanas High School in Emndeni.

Lip ice with dagga found

Police seized dagga, Mandrax tablets, a bottle of vodka, ten cellphones containing pornography, DVDs of pornography, lip ice containing dagga and knives.

Raids at other schools would begin "in the next few days".

"We want students to concentrate on their studies and stay away from drugs and pornography. We know that some people view these raids as a disturbance, but we are just trying to assist the students."

A 20-year-old grade ten boy was found with Mandrax tablets and arrested. He would appear before the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of drug possession.

The parents of a 16-year-old boy found with dagga would be meeting with police "soon" to discuss punishment for their son, Makhubele said.

The boy led police to a house in Doornkop where he allegedly bought the dagga.

A 26-year-old man was arrested and expected to appear before the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday facing a charge of dealing in drugs.

  • P226 - 2011-02-10 13:33

    Now that is pro-active policing. A bit late, seeing as it's voting time, but a good jesture none the less.

      arnold.mushwana - 2011-02-10 13:58

      do you guys really know what you want? they don't act you complain. They act you compain "is too late". eish!!!????????????

      Flee - 2011-02-10 14:11

      Arnold... they should have been doing this all along... I remember having random checks and police at our school, no warning, nothing... But at least a few times a year... We were too Kak Bang to do anything... Now its a case of do as you please ... these kids believe that their "Human Rights" include doing whatever they like...

      Paul - 2011-02-10 14:17

      I disagree. We were kak bang for Ma and Pa. The police would have been needed to save us from our parents. I think there is no proud left and people just could't give a damn anymore.

      1gascan - 2011-02-10 14:22

      Arnold... Arnold Arnold, P226 was merely stating that its voting time, so socks are pulled up until the polls are over. Things like active policing and the likes should be a constant on-going thing, not a voting incentive act! Its late, yes, but at least it is happening! This is what we need to see!!!!!!

      Gorilla - 2011-02-10 14:25

      100% - election time is when they start looking busy.

      matla - 2011-02-10 14:31

      @Gorrilla when would your clever self do your electioneering, after elections or before? stupido

      Totman - 2011-02-10 14:50

      Late or note. Election or not. At least they want to start it now. Stop living in the past. We all know they should have start it long time ago. At least they committed them now and can be keep accountable in the future if it does not continue. In the "beloved" old government all the gov employees also got increases before election. The army airplane also done some flights over our towns. There were so many things they also used to impress us all before elections. Yes Paul, I agree with you!!!

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-10 14:52

      And those searches will be done by whom? Police? Do they have enough cops to do that and to keep the streets safe as well? Not that those streets there are safe now, but by taking away police from the streets to frisk kids seems ineffective. Also a point of law: CAN the police search all pupils without probable cause? Is that not against the law or the constitution? This is a real question since I am not familiar with the laws so maybe somebody could clarify that for me. If the cops have that right (to search indiscriminately without probable cause or search warrant) then where are the rights of the citizen? I don't mind if crminals get searched, but I would kick up a storm if a cop wanted to search me without due process or probable cause. Just an observation.

      Mevor - 2011-02-11 09:32

      @ hans i was in matric last year and the police conducted a raid on the school, when you sign the code of conduct to enter the school it states that you could be subject to police searchs as it is a drug and weapon free zone. as long as the raid is conducted appropraitly there is nothing wrong with it. the girls ase searched by female officers and the boys by males. they are not placed in handcuffs on school property if caught simply escorted to the van, they also inform you as to whats about to happen before they do anything. The experience is a scary one but i feel it was fair, the kids of today are no longer intimidated by the law or their elders and thats the sad truth. they need to be shaken up to realise they are not above the laws of the country just because they no longer get a well deserved hiding.

  • clint51585 - 2011-02-10 13:34

    bring back the power of the teacher and the cane and bliksem these unruly kids, we dont want American schools just look how stupid they are.

      Paul - 2011-02-10 13:45

      Ja , I agree. I remember getting four of the best, just for talking in class.

      Flee - 2011-02-10 13:54

      Here Here... There is nothing wrong, or demeaning with a good old caning... I got many a smack when I was a kid and Im just fine... Actually Im stronger for it... These Brats need to be taught respect, and if they cant learn it the normal way... it should be beaten into them...

      tatholo - 2011-02-10 13:57

      @ Flee - see you need to go back to school bru, you can't spell!

      Mizer - 2011-02-10 13:58

      Only solution is few lekker ones behind..It worked for us and we were disciplined and focused.

      CPII - 2011-02-10 14:20

      Freddie boy. Those same teachers are still at Model C schools which are now praised from all sides. Blacks, Colourds and Idians can't wait to place their kids in those schools. Got zip to do with politics china :)

      Flee - 2011-02-10 14:29

      Tatholo... My Hugest apologies for offending your intellectual prowess... Crap-a-doodle... Oh BTW "I aint no Bru" .... LOL !!!

      barry.mcbride - 2011-02-10 14:50

      @tatholo: Please point out his spelling mistakes’ but I don’t want anything grammatical such as missing an apostrophe.

      CofiDrinka - 2011-02-10 16:56

      @thatolo, im still trying to find the spelling mistake that flee did, or is the word "caning" which in your mind would be "kaning". Please elaborate on this. Twat. - 2011-02-10 20:19

      Damn I think I might of needed a few more myself back in the day because I didnt see the spell mistake poor flee made. Sorry didn't, my bad

      Lanfear - 2011-02-11 10:56

      @ Flee - "These Brats need to be taught respect, and if they cant learn it the normal way... it should be beaten into them..." I'm sorry but that is nonsense. Respect is EARNED, not beaten into someone. That beaten person only fears now, not respects. Nothing wrong with a smack or two but a hiding is also not the be-all and end-all of discipline.

      TikkieTrots - 2011-02-11 11:19

      Lol...Flee wrote "Here Here". It should be "Hear Hear" for those who are still missing the spelling mistake but tatholo, pointing out spelling mistakes on a forum? I mean really? This is for opinions mate. If you don't have one, then rather don't say anything. I'm probably one of the first who'll complain about bad spelling but I keep it to myself if it's on an informal forum.

      Flee - 2011-02-11 14:03

      Thanks Tikkie... and "Hear" was me thinking I could get away with it... this is a standard spelling err and is even noted on Wikkie as a debatable mistake... hehehe.. But hey give me another smack on the bum... I think I like it now... Lanfear... Having seen some of the kids, physically attack female teachers, and the teachers can not defend themselves... well then I say give them a Klap back... Sorry My opinion...

      Susannomore - 2011-02-12 07:22

      The school hostel which my son has transferred to (between here and no where) still cane. He has learn the power behind this and it has transferred over to other areas in his life. The school has an outstanding reputation and produces young adults who go into life succesefully. 2 weeks ago a white female magistrate in the Vaal Triangle area told us, in front of him, that hidings are still necessary and that the law has taken it too far. Make your own mind up...

  • Adele - 2011-02-10 13:36

    "A 20-year-old grade ten boy was found with Mandrax tablets and arrested." In another (unrelated) news24 article - they talk about a 19-year old man. At what age is a boy not a boy anymore?

      jhetem - 2011-02-10 13:46

      Good question! If he is in school at age 20/21 he is a boy byt caught stealing at 17 he is a man....just in this banana republic of ours! But he must be previously disadvantaged, otherwise he is n white man! hahaha! - 2011-02-10 14:43

      He is malemas younger brother .... will always be a 'boy'.

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-02-10 15:08

      This 20 year old is suspected of selling this mandrax in school, I think he stayed that long in school because business was that good, my old house in the township is near a community hall which sometimes schools use it to host thier beauty pageants, I've seen kids as young a 14 years of age smoking dagga and some using pipes to smoke mandrax, I hope this search wont be a once off thing, they do this at regular intervals and the teachers must also take part in this. - 2011-02-10 15:11

      They will never talk about a school man... Even if you are 36 and suppose to be in school like Julius!!! :-)

      linda.hanger - 2011-02-10 15:33

      Gosh! Can you imagine - grade 10 (old standard 8) my son would be FIFTEEN going on SIXTEEN! I would be petrified if he was in a class with 20-year olds ... I guess business is good in these schools.

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-10 13:37

    Very good idea,and while you at it, search the Nigerians hanging out around the schools

      daboss247365 - 2011-02-10 13:49

      Not search the nigerians, Search for & destroy the Nigerians

      daboss247365 - 2011-02-10 14:41

      Deport or destroy, half the social issues, racism, problems & poverty is caused by there makwerekwere's directly or indirectly. they must be chased out, or we must chase them. we have had enough already. look at what has happened to our society, mostly cause of these bastards. from the corrupt nigerian to the dam western liberals. we dont need influence here, government must grow a backbone & make our choices based on what we the people choose. & I choose out with the makwerekwere, & in with death penalty / corpral punishment

  • Cupra - 2011-02-10 13:37

    why warn the schools / kids that raids are to take place??

      nixcroft - 2011-02-10 14:03

      coz it saves the police work in the long run. kids will be clean of this crap for a couple of weeks till the new found "spirit and energy" dissipates.

      LUFC - 2011-02-10 14:33

      Are they allowed to even check kids phones? Thats a bit of a privacy boundary?

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-10 16:07

      Good question Cupra. It will create awareness the police are conducting raids and hopefully stop the pupils from bringing the goods to school.

      Lanfear - 2011-02-11 11:10

      Because prevention is better than cure.

      jevoixtout - 2011-02-11 11:44

      @lufc. Privacy boundry? They should cavity search if need be. And why cell pnones at school? Is this to call their merchants for express delivery in case they run out before break-time?

  • Zeth - 2011-02-10 13:38

    I have to agree - Its voting time so we can all expect to start hearing about government being a little more pro-active than they actually ever are.

  • Alan Cuba - 2011-02-10 13:38

    Ha ha ha, a 20 year old in Grade 10?

      jhetem - 2011-02-10 13:47

      He is still a boy remember!

      jhetem - 2011-02-10 13:52

      Julius at 29 is also n boy! haha!

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:27

      Boys will be boys...LOL - 2011-02-10 14:46

      he will still 'fail' matric BUT the dept will raise the marks AGAINJ so that they can go and disrupt university at the start of the year for 6 months and blame apartheid for it. It's TRUE

      Smaal - 2011-02-10 14:48

      Mmmm that would make him 22 if he ever reached grade 12. Anyone want to take a stab at how many kids he has impregnated in his long schooling career? - 2011-02-10 20:25

      Yeah what the hell man. If you cant pass school by 19 they should just be sent to go work in the ANC or public sector like the rest

      Crabapple1 - 2011-02-11 08:17

      A boy is a boy is a boy....whether he is 16 or 66 (or is it 666???)

  • Paul - 2011-02-10 13:40

    Lekker Ouens. This is another stunning result for the ANC. Where is the morals in this country? When I was in school, long time ago, My pa would have smacked my head in if I took stuff like this to school. I know times have changed [ a lot ] , but really. Julius Malema eating off naked woman, booze given freely at ANCYL parties - does this not contribute? I believe that the ANC rose to power through lawlessness and that it still persists in promoting anarchy and chaos. Do they not fear God? I wonder how this will end. Actually I wonder if anyone even gives a damn. My daughters say I am too old fashioned, but I have produced three fine young ladies. What do these parents say about their children? - 2011-02-10 13:45

      How is the ANC to blame for parents not raising their kids right?! Seriously pathetic how all you south african's try blame ALL of your problems on your government!

      Paul - 2011-02-10 13:48

      I dont believe that the ANC is setting a good example. I dont believe they respect the law, I really have no evidence that they respect God and it is their idea to put policeman at school gates to solve a problem that starts and ends with Societies leaders. I ask you this - Is Zuma the kind of man you would ask your children to model themselves on?

      Zeth - 2011-02-10 13:49

      @ "Seriously pathetic how all you south african's try blame ALL of your problems on your government!". I take it you are not South African? Do you live here?

      sceptic - 2011-02-10 13:50

      No they do not fear God. Jacob Zuma has the keys to heaven, Remember?

      Paul - 2011-02-10 13:50

      Let me try articulate my point better. The Government is not saying - Dont drink , sont have sex and dont smoke pot, they are saying , do it , but not at school. The message is wrong.

      jhetem - 2011-02-10 13:54 You stay in Zimbabwe? America? Wake up dude we stay here and know what is happening here every day...bloody agent!

      tatholo - 2011-02-10 14:00

      Go and buy Peoples War by Anthea Jeffery then you will have the answers.

      TheBokFan - 2011-02-10 14:51

      Jissie Paul, dont know where you went to school, but this all was happening when I was in high school - before and after "integration". Most guys (and some of the girls) smoked zol, usually at school. Prefects used to sell ecstacy (it was the rave days). This was widespread throughout all "white" schools - in fact the richer the school the more and better the drugs, as only the rich kids had money to buy the good stuff. It has NOTHING to do with the ANC. It was happening before they were govt and will always happen. Dont you think the bad old Nat govt chased the kids into rebelling with all their preaching and "christianity" talk? That is the quickest way to make kids rebel. Why is there such a problem with drugs in US, UK and Aussie schools? Is it the morals of their governments too? Its a world-wide problem man. Who do you think fuels the trade in cocaine and so on? Mostly its the young execs earning enough money to splash out on such stuff (and the majority of that is white - whether in SA or Europe). Many Saffas have an automatic reaction to blame the ANC, its really not always correct. Even with loving, wonderful parents who teach their kids morality, some kids will still get into drugs. Some of the guys who smoked LOTS of zol at school are now succesful businessmen. Some of my friends who still use zol dont drink. They argue that they dont get aggressive, they dont drink and drive (and therefore endanger lives).

      TheBokFan - 2011-02-10 15:01

      Im not having a go at you personally china, and Im not saying I agree with it - the whole thing saddens me a lot, Im just saying we cant be so naive to think it is a new phenomenon - it has been going on for generations. I agree that something missing from schools is corporal punishment, and I agree that a 20 year old cannot be in Gr 10 (or any over 18 in any grade!). They need to move onto college or a Tech, cos there is too much difference between laws for minors and adults

      Paul - 2011-02-10 15:01

      Bok fan, I was in Germiston in Highschool, matric 1973, very different times for sure. My daughters went to School in Krugersdorp, last one matriculated 2008. I know my daughters hunted kak on , but it was not as bad as what I am reading about these other schools. What I can say is that they would have been dead if my wife and I caught them with drugs. When I was in school, we never dreamed of such things. Ye there was fights and stuff, boys being boys - not guns and knives !!! I know I am probably getting old , and my ideas are outdated, but hell man, I cant believe that its come to this.

      TheBokFan - 2011-02-10 15:59

      Jaaa things have changed since 1973 ou maat. All Im saying is most kids jaag kak aan - veral in tienerjare - doesnt mean they all turn out bad. And its not just white kids, black kids or whatever - its ALL kids. Most of the okes who got into drugs had loving, strict parents wat so hulle ook gelooi het, but that was probably part of the "danger" and the "rush" I also went to school in Joburg area, same as your daughters and was in matric in 97, so Im sure their schools were similar. I personally didnt get involved in drugs, but it was not due to the Govt or even my parents, it was a choice I made for myself - and there was LOTS of temptation. I had a few beers underage and still like my beers. My point is just that we cant imagine kids to be these empty shells that will obey whatever govt or parents do, they can be influenced (for good or bad) but they are able to make their won decisions. If anything has an influence its the bling and money and guns k@k they see on music videos! Oor die algemeen are the kids in SA still a damnside better than UK kids!

      lean - 2011-02-10 16:29 Having unprotected sex , raping an HIV-positive woman, taking shower afterwards, to prevent infection - it is a "VERY GOOD EXAMPLE" INDEED... How is the ANC to blame???? I wonder****))))

  • AGENT - 2011-02-10 13:42

    It's the same damn government that has given these kids this illusion that they are untouchable, f@king Moron politicians. Bring back the rod and heat up there behinds !!!. An entire generation of misfit, uneducated, non respecting, undissiplined chirldren are coming, these are going to be the next leaders !!! , I fear things aren't looking very positive for the future. Thanx you political shit heads.

      Great White - 2011-02-10 14:08

      Agreed on all counts.

      kznsc - 2011-02-10 14:58

      "Spare the rod and spoil a child" "Children live what they learn" They become unrully audults. With no punishment by authority (parents, teachers,police, government and the likes) to fear, these kids grow up believing there should not be any punishment or bad reaction to ANY wrong action on their part, simply because they DONT know and have not learnt right from wrong. When their youth league and peeres and government officials and others they have to learn from do what they do, HOW CAN WE BLAME THEM and HOW DO YOU CORRECT this after the fact? A well adjusted child (pre school) are formed from infancy, a well adjusted scholar (teen) are formed at school, a well adjusted adult when leaving school. Without adjustment, nourishment and care from the beginning, delinguency sets in and rot soon follows.

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-10 16:09

      Agree, they should still be caning pupils, old school style!!!

  • Flee - 2011-02-10 13:42

    OMGreatness.. what the hell is a 20 year old doing in Grade 10 (Std 8). Back in the day if you hadn't matriculated by 20 you were kicked out... What kind of an influence is this person on the actual kids... He is allowed to drink, fornicate and basically do as he pleases.... Seriously bring back the age limit again... A 19 year old in Std 6 is insane....

  • Lu - 2011-02-10 13:49

    Where are the parents???? Surely you know whether your child is using drugs or not?

      Paul - 2011-02-10 14:07

      Its like the children and there parents have no proud.

      Jady Hewitt - 2011-02-10 14:29

      I am as appalled by the situation in our schools as any other parent who is forced to send my son to a private school (in a middle class area, definitely not with rich kids who can afford these toys) to avoid this kind of thing. But reading your comment I have to remind you that most of these kids grow up without fathers for one reason or another and the mom leaves home at 04:30 in the morning to come and work in our homes. I am at home all day to mentor my son and teach him right from wrong but I am sure I'd have very little inclination to come and do so after 8 at night when he has been in the company of bad apples all day. I was never exposed to drugs and my older kids seem to have avoided it but at some stage we must stop blaming the parents for everything and put the blame on the society they live in (and not the political party who certainly sets a crappy example by embracing the worst traits in the previously advantaged and none of the good ones).

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:31

      some of these kids get the drugs from their parents...

  • lizzikins - 2011-02-10 13:49

    Wow shows you what has happened to teaching if you are aged 20 and only in grade10 I think you no longer interested in learning no wonder those wanting to learn are terrorised!

  • Cathy - 2011-02-10 13:54

    I fully support this action as it will go a long way to making our kids safe at school. It frightens me that a 20 year old is at school with 13 and 14 year olds

  • duits - 2011-02-10 13:56

    WTF!!!!!!!!! A 20 year old grade 10 boy,what the hell is he doing in school still? Sorry but there should be a cut off age.

      Dominique Deligianni - 2011-02-11 09:00

      He is on holiday!!!!

  • modefan - 2011-02-10 13:57

    How the f@@k can you be 20 and in grade ten?

      DeonL - 2011-02-10 14:25

      Probably only in school to sell drugs, def. not to learn!

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:32

      Youre a dumbass?

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-02-10 15:12

      Deon I think you are right, business was good for this 20 year old, he was in no harry to finish high school.

      modefan - 2011-02-10 15:47

      Van Wilder!

  • George - 2011-02-10 13:59

    it is illegal to arrest any student that is over 18 for porn found on his/her phone. why is it that sex for minors that are 16 is allowed and legal yet, people at such an age are not allowed to posses porn and cannot even enter liquour stores etc. is liquor much more damaging to kids than sex?

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:34 at 16 is legal...unless you're drunk...

  • - 2011-02-10 14:04

    20 year old in grade 10? LOL what is he even doing in school can only be holding others back.

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:34

      he's not holding others back...he's selling others crack...

      Johnny - 2011-02-10 14:57

      @Voidy, "selling others crack" is he a pimp ? LOL, only joking, I got the real meaning ...

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 16:17

      @Johnny LOL...I also thought about that one, probably both at that age in school

  • AND SO ON... - 2011-02-10 14:06

    So we are nowin a state of emergency, duly declared as such by the State President, are we? We must be, because only under those circumstances may the cops (without a search warrant) physically search anyone who has not been arrested. And if any cop puts his or her paws on my minor child without my and the childs' express consent, he or she (and not the Minister of police) will be sued for a lot of money, and a charge of assault will be laid, and I will make sure that it is prosecuted. Are we now officially living in a police state, that they can stomp all over the constitution like this? The only way to prevent crime is to arrest, charge and successfully prosecute. When that happens, the criminals will be much more loath to commit crime. This is where the cops should direct their time and effort - investigating crimes that have already been committed, not traumatising the majority of kids at school in the "hit and miss" hope of finding a few who might have some contraband. And anyway, anyone 18 or over is legally entitled to possess and view pornography. It is not a criminal offence to break a school regulation, and the cops have NO business trawling through personal items like cellphones. Let them try it with me without a warrant expressly authorising them to do it and watch the sparks fly all the way to the Constitutional Court!

      callan.lombaard - 2011-02-10 14:22

      So sorry to rain on your parade, I tried being a smartass at school and told the police man who searched our bags and us for illegal substances atc that if he touches me that I will take him to court etc. Unfortunately when your child enters a school he/she is subject to being searched, especially at government schools where it is a state controlled institution. Children can be searched by the cops when they are on school property, however if they are outside the school gate and a cop wants to search them they must have a valid search warrant... trust me on this, I tried getting out of it about 5 or so years ago

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:36

      Why are you so angry?...are your kids drug peddlers?

      Des - 2011-02-10 14:53

      two scenarios, callan is correct, when your children are on the school grounds they fall under the authority of the headmaster and with his permission the police may continue, the police however may only continue their search with a school representative present as a guardian in lieu of the parent. second scenario - a student pulls a knife or gun out and threatens your child or even kills your child i bet you will be the first one to cry out why nobody done anything. Only those with something to hide will fear being searched, they are welcome in our school anytime.

  • wsk747 - 2011-02-10 14:06

    "A 20-year-old grade ten boy was found with Mandrax tablets and arrested." Wait, what's wrong with this picture? Grade 10 = 16 year old no?

      barry.mcbride - 2011-02-10 15:01

      LOL, I turned 15 in the third term of grade 10.

  • Voice of Rea - 2011-02-10 14:07

    Ummm, sorry to throw the proverbial spanner in the works but firstly where has the concept of just cause before the police may search gone. Is the fact that the school system in such adire situation sufficient justification to searching ALL students simply because they're students at school. Isn't this profiling and targeting a specific section of the community. We would all be in an outcry if the police decided to search all people who are members of Government just based around the fact that government has some corruption in it. I agree something needs to be done, but a heavy handed approach such as this is not the answer. Secondly, aren't a number of these school children still umm, well, children, i.e. they're underage (not legally adults) and as such shouldn't the police have a parents consent to search them!!!

      Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:40

      Now that's a bright the politicians...ya right let them give their stash back to their parents before the cops search them.

  • spiderkzn - 2011-02-10 14:08

    Well done. So we need to get rid of Drug/alcohol dealer to children.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-10 14:14

    This is why we have private and more expensive government schools. Leave these natives to wipe one another out as much as they want...just leave the rest of civilised South Africa to get on with our lives.

  • Jou-Ma - 2011-02-10 14:18

    a TWENTY YEAR OLD PUPIL ???? WTF! The idiot is clearly to bloody stupid to pass even the low standards set in educastion, so now he sells drugs. Kick him in the nuts and send him to prison where idiots like that belong.

  • DeonL - 2011-02-10 14:21

    All schools could also do with metal detectors. While they test for HIV they might as well also do pregnancy tests on these kids.

  • mm - 2011-02-10 14:21

    Well done, and I hope this is not a once off, but a continuous thing. Only thing is, next time, don't warn them about the raids with press statements. Keep this kind of thing up, this is exactly the kind of thing we need. Children these days want all the freedoms and rights of adults, let them then take responsibility for their actions like adults do. So set up a task force that can continue with these raids, and get our schools back into order. While you are at it, search the teachers too

  • dachshund118 - 2011-02-10 14:21

    Learners should be searched on a daily basis. The drug problem in our schools is more severe than we think.

  • Gorilla - 2011-02-10 14:24

    "...A 20-year-old grade ten boy..." Surely he was a teacher?? at 20 he's a man - not a boy.

  • - 2011-02-10 14:24

    About time!!!!!!

  • Multidad - 2011-02-10 14:27

    20 year old BOY?????? In grade10????? Somethings wrong with this picture...

  • Bettysue - 2011-02-10 14:29

    20 year old grade 10 'boy'! WTF??

  • LUFC - 2011-02-10 14:32

    Why publish this article? They'll keep it hidden at home.

  • mmmonster46 - 2011-02-10 14:33

    Get some discipline back in school.

  • alexander.lombard - 2011-02-10 14:40

    Now we know why a 20 year old is still in Gr 10. Maybe we should put an age limit of 21 to publick schools. And after that they must go to a colage

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-10 14:40

    I for sure hope that they will follow the correct searching procedures

  • leonsmt - 2011-02-10 14:48

    Don't just search the pupils, search the whole school. My kid is in a secondary school in Pretoria-North and he claims that the pupils are cultivating their own dagga on the school grounds.

  • Bartman - 2011-02-10 14:48

    These searches are going to make our children safer at school, I am all for it. Chuck in a couple of metal detectors to snuff out weapons and start punishing offenders with a good caning to the rear end

  • Tonsil - 2011-02-10 14:49

    "lip ice containing dagga and knives." How big is the lip ice? How big are lips?

      Lanfear - 2011-02-11 11:21

      I also wondered about that one! lol Besides, what exactly will dagga-studded lipice do to anyone? Now if it was "lip ice containing cocaine" it would make sense. Don't know how they got the knives into the lipice, but what, ingenuity is part of the drug trade I suppose.

      Johncarlos Biza - 2011-02-11 15:13


  • Dnt8 - 2011-02-10 14:50

    The 20year old must be JuliusMalema's bru..

  • syndica - 2011-02-10 14:51

    What size were the knives in the lip ice? Or how big was the lip ice...:)

  • bluewire123 - 2011-02-10 14:51

    Good work.

  • MM - 2011-02-10 14:52

    and Cape Town too please, especially tik and.....!!!

  • GV - 2011-02-10 15:06

    There should be a maximum age allowed in each grade. The older "kids" will just disrupt the classes. The younger kids think it is Cool to hang out with the older "kids" VERY BAD INFLUENCE.

  • Itoldyouso - 2011-02-10 15:06

    My lip ice contains tik and a gun...

      Flee - 2011-02-10 16:15

      I keep my car keys and immobilizer in Mine....

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-10 15:09

    Just because the raids on four schools in Soweto (black schools) does not mean all schools follow the same illdisciplined path. Typical ANC. Cannot see the wood from the trees. Well done. Now I wonder from which race group the 20 year old was from? Any guesses?? I will give odds on on this one any day. Also rather start off by kicking out those criminal Nigerians who are behind the drug problem here. Any one with half a brain knows that except the police and the politicians. Perhaps it is because they stand to gain from them????

  • REd Devil 69 - 2011-02-10 15:45

    It is just strange to me how a twenty year old is still in grade eight, as I needed to enrol my son in grade eight a couple of years ago and he only turned twenty in October of that year and I was told he was too old. Then since when are meeting held with parents of a sixteen year old to discuss punishment, as far as I am aware under the SA legal system when you are sixteen you are no longer a minor and can therefore be charged criminally. I was under the impression that there were one set of rules for everyone. Damn stupid ignorant me!!

      Flee - 2011-02-10 16:18

      Red Devil... If your kid is 20 and only now attending high school, Grade 8 being Std 6... then I think it would be best for your child to attend some form of technical collage. This kid is 20 in Grade 10 (Std 8)... It is insane to try and ignore the fact that kids are often influenced by the older more mature lot in their "Group" ... Get Older kids(ADULTS) out of the little kids classes...

  • Kerry - 2011-02-10 16:04

    What the hell is a 20 year old still doing in Grade 10??? I tell you what he is doing, dealing drugs to a captive audience! - 2011-02-10 20:28

      he saw a opportunity and seized it

  • jef lebowski - 2011-02-10 16:14

    "a 20 year old grade 10" maybe he will be the next president

      Crabapple1 - 2011-02-11 08:23

      Like I said before.... a boy is a boy is a boy, be he 16 or 66 (or 666)!!

  • peter - 2011-02-10 16:33

    Always wondered why they called "high" schools.

  • - 2011-02-10 20:26

    20 year old grade 10 hahaha. I think he tutors Maleme on weekends

  • Dominique Deligianni - 2011-02-11 08:59

    It's about time all bad elements are routed out of our schools and that action is taken against the children (punishment must fit the crime).