Concerns over Gauteng school safety

2013-10-11 11:08
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng's community safety department must step up school safety efforts, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

"The DA in Gauteng is shocked to read that a Pretoria schoolboy's ear was sliced off with a machete during a violent attack by a rival school gang," the party's provincial leader John Moodey said.

"While we are pleased with Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy's efforts in addressing the problem, the Gauteng community safety department has a track record on school safety that leaves much to be desired."

Gang violence

According to The Star the gang, armed with axes, pangas, and knives arrived at Langenhoven High School after the final bell on Wednesday to apparently settle a score.

The group, from a Pretoria West school, arrived in a taxi.

"They waited outside the gate and attacked my son just as he came out on his way home," the father of the boy whose ear was cut off told the newspaper.

Three others were badly injured.

Police spokeswoman Sergeant Ann Portma said a 15-year-old boy had been arrested on Thursday morning.

Moodey said the attack confirmed the DA's fears about escalating violence in schools.

The party wanted community safety MEC Nonhlanhla Mazibuko to outline her strategy to combat the increasing violence in the province.

"The DA will push the provincial government to address this as a priority.

"We are no longer dealing with random and infrequent incidents, we are dealing with a growing problem that must concern all of us greatly and inspire urgent action," said Moodey.

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