Cops wait for school latecomers

2012-02-15 07:18

Johannesburg - About 27 pupils who arrived late at Lavela Secondary School in Zola North, Soweto, on Tuesday found policemen waiting for them at the gate, The Star reported on Wednesday.

"Gijima (run), baba! How come you are so late?" a policeman was quoted yelling at a group of latecomers.

Close to 700 pupils and several teachers arrived late for classes at the same school on Monday, when Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy and Lead SA made a surprise visit.

Creecy threatened tough action, and Tuesday's latecomers were greeted by 11 police officers waiting at the school gate.

The pupils were searched for cigarettes, drugs and weapons before they were escorted to the hall. There they found social workers waiting for them, ready for a counselling session, the paper reported.

Those who arrived 15 minutes after classes had begun were made to register their names and record their parents or guardians' details.

Education spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper that the situation at the school had "drastically improved" since Monday.

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  • Jason - 2012-02-15 07:22

    hahahaha.. sheesh the education system is so out of whack. in my day you would just get caned for being late. pathetic how along with the loss of corporal punishment goes school attendance.

      Sharon - 2012-02-15 07:31

      I wonder what they thought when they saw the police there, they probably had to go home for a change of underwear!

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 07:32

      Nothing like a good 'boere pakslae' to keep you on the straight and narrow.

      Jacques Theron - 2012-02-15 07:34

      Assault does not equate to discipline.

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 07:38

      If you know upfront that you will be 'assaulted' if you're late, will it still be assault if you're late? Mister Theron, please provide us with alternatives? Not airy fairy stuff.

      Ian - 2012-02-15 07:41

      Whilst I applaud this futile attempt at discipline, when we all know that the cane works wonders, I wish they would apply the same enthusiasm at 'hijacking hotspots' or atm machines, and wait for criminals, that way the police can do the job they are supposed to, and the teachers can carry on with their job!

      John - 2012-02-15 07:42

      "....situation at the school had "drastically improved..." It's work....congrats Barbara Creecy!

      Fredster - 2012-02-15 07:55

      Marcell...In todays life they must smack the parents, not the children. Make them responsible

      Richard - 2012-02-15 07:56

      @ Jacques: Discipline seldom equates to assault. A hiding, for example assault.

      Johan - 2012-02-15 07:58

      You are so right Jason. A counselling session will not solve this problem but a good caning will!

      Martin - 2012-02-15 08:02

      @Jacques Theron: Then you don't understand how operant conditioning works.

      npretorius2 - 2012-02-15 08:14

      6 van die bestes! They won't come late again... I know. lol

      PB - 2012-02-15 09:09

      All of us who used to be in school in 'the bad old days' were caned at school. 99.999999% of the time, it was warranted - AND IT WORKED. I remember in St 2 a bunch of us standing in a line in front of the class with the teacher whacking us because we stuffed up school equipment. can guarantee you we never did it again. AND NOT ONE OF US TURNED INTO MASS MURDERERS BECAUSE WE WERE GIVEN HIDINGS. There is no respect left in today's kids - not for themselves, not for others or towards their elders. And they are the ones growing up without hidings - go figure.

      Susan - 2012-02-15 09:12

      Marcell - A hidinghas its place; however, at schools some teachers take matters too far and may end in severe assault. (own experience). Also, there are sometimes very good reasons for being late. I do not trust teachers enough to administer corporal punishment, as a matter of fact, nobody but myself will touch my child. But there are very effective ways of handling latecomers. In the school where my children are, the gates are locked at 7:30, whereafter every latecomer can only gain access to the school by reporting to the principal's office where his/her parents are called. According to the school rules, if you have too many transgressions, you are out of the school. This is so effective, there are no latecomers. A school where teachers and pupils are late alike,should get a principal that knows what he is doing.

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-15 11:09

      LETS ALL JOIN HANDS AND BRING BACK APARTHEID AS worked wonders.....................................................not!

      Breinlekkasie - 2012-02-15 11:17

      I see many view a hiding as assault, the fact is it worked. Clearly what ever parents and teachers are doing now is not working else the cops won't be necessary, right? Maybe we should go back to the days where we considered what worked and didn't instead of considering what is politically correct or not.

      riaz.moola - 2012-02-15 12:18

      Damn kids...back in my day....they had respect..

      Jarryd - 2012-02-15 18:43

      If they are late, send them home. They need to be there on time if they want an education(just think of the impact on the pupils arriving on time and suffering a lower standard of education due to all these late comings and disturbance). They need to take the responsibility into their own hands to arrive on time and get an education. Take their names down, so one day when they ask "but i didnt get past matric and now i want a handout from taxpayers" we can show them it was their choice.

      Jarryd - 2012-02-15 18:53

      When I was at highschool, the doors were locked after 8, and then you had to report to the side door to get your name on the list for being late. Too many times on the list and you get parents to the school, and you can proceed further with suspension if this late-action continues. Where is the control for letting people onto the grounds? Where and how is the schools leadership tackling these issues? You shouldnt need police there, they should have more important things to be working on. How did it get so bad that police were needed? I would love to see schools run like businesses, because all this ineffective management, and low performance that is the norm is unacceptable.

      Schmee - 2012-02-16 10:48

      To everyone who thinks the days when we got hidings at school were the good old days. Remember that way back when it was fine to beat the crap out of your slaves too. Shouldn’t we just bring back those good old days then we would have more productive employees too. I’m sure nobody what’s those days back so why should you wish for your children to be beaten at school?

      Chantelle - 2012-02-16 13:01

      just you wait.. you can already see by the police reaction right now, that there will be reports of police beating the kids... just wait

  • Blip - 2012-02-15 07:25

    Tomorrow more will be late. And the day after that too. And so on and so on. Tying up a dozen cops from curbing real crime every day.

      Martin - 2012-02-15 08:06

      @Gary: and discipline starts at home, then at the school.

      Arthur - 2012-02-15 10:18

      @ Blip , part of the SAPS mandate is to ensure the safety of children. They are supposed to prevent kids from loitering during school hours. This must be seen as a crime prevention method.

      Mattewis - 2012-02-15 12:14

      I take it the learners are mostly from ANC-voting homes? They see their parents' heroes on TV pitching late for parliamentary sessions, despite flattening a few pedestrians during the high-speed car chase to get there - that is when they even decide to attend! When you set the example, you shouldn't be disillusioned when it is followed! What else are heroes supposed to be there for?!

  • Robin - 2012-02-15 07:28

    like the cops have all the time in the world to deal with this now...

      Adam - 2012-02-15 11:31

      Robin I was shot and robbed in 1999 at my home....still waiting for the police to come.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-15 07:32

    Thumbs up for this initiative...

  • Jacques Theron - 2012-02-15 07:33

    Great initiative. A bit like Guliani's 'Broken Window' programme. Sort out the petty crime and small problems and the bigger problems will automatically reduce.

  • barrie.swart - 2012-02-15 07:36

    All that will change in 10 years time when these kids are in the workplace is that they will be able to keep their cigarettes.

  • i.R.womble - 2012-02-15 07:37

    I agree that we just used to get caned but that this is a good idea, but I can't help think that taxi drivers could also be to blame. I remember my mother always use to be late in the mornings and then I got the stick when I arrived at school.

  • Kim - 2012-02-15 07:38

    Oh come on Creecy.....ever heard of creating jobs? So create school inspectors to manage your schools. The police force have far more important work to do than baby school kids.

      George - 2012-02-15 07:48

      @ Kim, Sorry, but could you please tell us what important work they do. Shopping and kfc dont count.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-15 08:12

      At least the police are doing something constructive with their time. They are a bunch of lazy, hypocritical, two faced, raping thugs! So if they're occupied for a couple of hours trying to do some good - good!!

      Gustav - 2012-02-15 09:52

      Kim, i agree... i just dont think they know how to do actual police work! Yoh, and they used 11 cops, sounds more like a mass murder....

  • Heinz - 2012-02-15 07:39

    Surely, surely the school can handle this type of discipline without calling in the SAPS ... they have more pressing and urgent things to attend to like ... mmmmmm ... let's see .... CATCHING BLOODY MURDERER'S, RAPISTS, CHILD MOLESTERS etc. etc. ..... what a waste of resources !!!

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 07:42

      The school can't do a thing.

      cathygradwell.naude - 2012-02-15 07:55

      I don't think the schools can handle it seeing as there were teachers late too. I wonder who's details they had to hand over?????

      Elaine - 2012-02-15 08:02

      When the teachers are as ill-dsiplined as the scholars nothing will ever happen when the teachers need a whack as well, to get them to school on time. It is a waste of resources and they should bring back proper teacher training and inspectors.

      Martin - 2012-02-15 08:10

      The teachers should get disciplined or sacked if necessary. Children learn more through the behavior of adults than their words. If a teacher is not up to the task of setting a worthy example of good discipline, scholarship and citizenship, he or she is clearly in the wrong profession.

      Heinz - 2012-02-15 08:14

      I say ...bring back corporal punishment. I had it and I survived. I had the greatest respect for my teachers, peers and parents !!

      i.R.womble - 2012-02-15 08:54

      Why wife is a teacher and the schools can't handle it. They have just upped there security measures now but not safe with the kids. Even Grade 5's just tell you to f*** off if they try to discipline them. Bringing in parents also doesn't help. They can't expel a child unless another school is willing to take them which they won't. Last year a Grade 4 child to a gun to school and flashed it around all day and no kids where even alarmed by. Perhaps thinking it was a toy. Towards the end of the day he shot a Grade 3 girl in the foot. Now that could have been my wife?

      Nelis - 2012-02-15 14:47

      The governing body of the school(represented by headmaster, teachers, parents and learners) should draft a Code of Conduct for the school. The rules should include disciplinary measures for each level of misconduct. The school must adopt it democratically,abide by these rules and enforce the disciplinary measures. I was on a Governing body of a school where it was the answer to:" we cannot do anything" . You are welcome to mail me for a copy of a Code of Conduct.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-15 07:42

    Since when is being late a crime

      Carlo Hayes - 2012-02-15 07:46

      Are you serious???? It's because of your mentality that the education in this country has gone down the drain. You loser!!

      Herman - 2012-02-15 07:59

      Dumber than sand nyiko.

      WimpieN - 2012-02-15 08:00

      This is a bit of a difficult one. I think it is a step in the right direction but once the pupils realize that the only thing the police can do is shout at them they are just not going to care any more. "Shout as much as you want but you cannot touch or arrest me...HAHAHAHA" Same goes for the teachers inside the school. Maybe the cops should actually take these kids back to the parents together with a social worker, trying to explain the wrongs of their ways but that is propably not a solution either. Nice effort but lets try to get to the root- the parents or guardians.... Ps: They should after the kids are all at school go to the homes of the teachers that did not pitch! That would be fun to watch! See how that hangover turns into a cold!

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-15 08:09

      If they do realize the Police can do nothing and they go back to doing whatever they want then so be it. If they don't realize it's for their own good then they must maar carry on regardless and go nowhere in life. Somebody is trying to do something to improve it, kudos to her for the effort!

      donovan.botha - 2012-02-15 08:15

      just see what happens when you are supposed to be in court at a spacific time and you are late.there are serious consequinces.and if you late at work every day will you not get fired? it is a mentality like yours that is cripiling south africa and it all starts at school level if you instill into your kids that it is ok to be late then they will carry that atitude through life and wonder where they went wrong when they stand at the street corner begging from hard working south africans. you need to relook your stance on this topic idiot.

      makesuthink - 2012-02-15 09:17

      Nyiko Being late is not a crime it is being stupid, rude and disrespectful. Try being late to catch a plane or train or get into a bank or shop. In fact your brudders and sirtas close the doors to a shop at least 5 minutes before closing time so that they will not be late leaving for home. the only time you can be late is when you are dead The LATE Nyiko Ngobeni

      Danie - 2012-02-15 10:27

      Not sure if trolling. But OK, it works like this. Civilized people are supposed to be punctual. Being late is selfish and inconsiderate to others. Other people are important and it's not right that they should waste their time waiting for latecomers. Civilized people are of service to others. That way they become leaders. The leader who serves best, leads best. Bling and laziness does not make a leader. Hope this helps.

      Fanie - 2012-02-15 11:17

      ..and there you prove the theory of African time

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 11:27

      Being late is only a crime in court i think. Good point.

      Deon - 2012-02-15 11:59

      Being late is against the schools rules, maybe temp. suspension of all late commers after warnings would help. Some people will even turn up late at theire own funeral, I have no respect for them.

      Susanna - 2012-02-16 05:00

      Since you are stealing the right to have discipline, from yourself.

  • George - 2012-02-15 07:42

    Forget about teachers sleeping with pupils, next will be the sap

      donovan.botha - 2012-02-15 08:20

      George saps are already sleeping with each other dude nice gesture or initiative but they should be concentrating on geting there ship in order because all they are capabile of doing right now is looking after kiddies.and the real bad ass criminals are running rings arround them.sad but true.

  • Thabiso Senior - 2012-02-15 07:45

    sum people here ar jst str8 up scums, do u think the police is da solution to ths important matter, sum ar even sayin dat ds pupil ar da root to crime, i used to be late every day durin my skul days even at varsity bt here i am wit my degree n stil on the road to the riches

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 07:49

      you should get up earlier. the early bird catch the worm.

      Carlo Hayes - 2012-02-15 07:50

      A degree means nothing in our education system today!

      Gregory Wells-Clifton - 2012-02-15 07:55

      You need to go back to school and learn to spell. This isn't Mxit!

      Thabiso Senior - 2012-02-15 07:56

      @shooter my degre means nuthn to u myb, so wats da use of goin to school, u thnk we jst go to school fo nuthn

      Thabiso Senior - 2012-02-15 08:01

      Bloc my bro. Bcom Marketing Management at UJ, wat spelin error u on bout dawg, dnt hate.

      Mandy Stevenson - 2012-02-15 08:01

      And it shows. You obviously never learned how to spell amongst other things.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-15 08:06

      @ Thabiso: and being late everyday is something to be proud of?? Says alot about a persons character. No respect for others time etc. Degree or no degree!

      Vicker - 2012-02-15 08:16

      @Thabiso - I suggest you use your "edyukashun" and write a letter to your school for a refund - your spelling is f*****g terrible. In your above post you managed to make 63% spelling, syntax and grammar errors. Thus you got a score of 37%, which is a pass mark for today's matrics. Well done!!!

      barrie.swart - 2012-02-15 08:39

      @Thabiso. Your comment absolutely made my day! Thanks for the great laugh!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-15 09:02

      Being late is disrespectful, Thabiso. But so are the commentators who replied to you. Did you not have it all this morning, guys?

      Drogo - 2012-02-15 09:02

      You are "on your road to riches" because of BEE and AA, black racial discrimination, not because of your degree. You poor spelling shows this to be true...

      Jan - 2012-02-15 09:51

      So, Thabiso are you saying lateness is good? Dude, you are a dissaster waiting to happen and I am 100% percent certain that your children will grow to be useless. Do you know how disturbing it is for someone to walk into a class whilst a lesson is going on? You are a pathetic excuse for a human being.

      seanseabela - 2012-02-15 12:24

      If i check clearly all the comments are coming from white people lol! things dont change and they will never!

      Carlo Hayes - 2012-02-15 14:03

      There was a time in RSA when a degree actualy ment something and today is not one of those days. One day when you come working for me, I can't wait for that first day you clock in late.

      barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-02-15 20:05

      thabiso , you should go back to the schools you went to and ask for a refund , as it didn't help one bit for your spelling

      darktruth - 2012-02-16 04:43

      were you late for english?

      Chantelle - 2012-02-16 13:08

      right thabiso - now i understand the mentality of the kids going to university today - WE DONT WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, SCHOOL IS A WASTE OF TIME, BUT WE WANT OUR DEGREES!!!! education is a privilege. when you arrive late for school - you disrupt classes. other kids are paying to have their education while you take it for granted. it is disrepectful. schools have these regulations so that it teaches you to be punctual - life doesnt wait for you - court doesnt wait for you, the shops dont wait for you... nothing waits for you!

      Chantelle - 2012-02-16 13:12

      @sean - why dont you just take responsibility for your actions instead of turning to the race card. race has nothing to do with this

  • Jeremy - 2012-02-15 07:48

    Using Police resources for this is IDIOTIC, we actually live in a crime ridden society! Pathetic, we never had police waiting for us at school and we were on time, what about corpral punishment????

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-15 08:02

      Corporal punishment is what's lacking. Parents not disciplining their kids is a problem. Teachers not setting a good example either? WTF? Useless..

      Arthur - 2012-02-15 10:08

      Dont know which school you went to but during apartheid we had soldiers harasing us before during and after school.

  • Garth - 2012-02-15 07:48

    Surely, useless, worthless anc, there are far more pressing pursuits for 11 police officers than to administer discipline in a school-yard? Who do the useless, worthless anc think that they are fooling with this shiite?

  • tmukasa - 2012-02-15 07:49

    I don't think it was necessary for those cops to be there. i don't see the point. What happens in a case where students and teachers were actually stuck in traffic? Does that warrant a counselling session?

      Carlo Hayes - 2012-02-15 07:52

      Yes you fool. If you know there is gonna be traffic, get up earlier. Be there early and you wil never be late.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-15 07:58

      Then they must leave earlier or find another route. I did that when I was at school and the traffic excuse gets old!! People should start taking responsibility for their actions and stop making excuses. You condoning it doesn't help

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 08:12

      It is always the transport. Don't come and cry. I didn't burn the busses.

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-15 08:51

      Soweto - how far do these kids have to travel and if you had to look after yourself in high school, bet you would be up late, half dressed and late for school. Just walk a mile in someone else's shoes and you may learn something outside your safe little box....I thank God everyday that I have the life I have and feel terrible that others live in such poverty and are born into families like this. School, half of these kids end up leaving before matric, or battle learning, or have no one helping them. A child without a future, loses his/her childhood long before you and I. Very sad times, maybe more optomism and a helping hand would go a long way here..... Solutions, people, no moaning.

      Jan - 2012-02-15 09:47

      We all know thetre is traffic, so people must wake up early for school and stop the traffic excuse nonsense. You sound like a person full of excuses.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-15 07:51

    Hahah Teachers were late, what an example for the learners, who are equally pathetic for being late!

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 07:56

      zoomer and his clan of incompetant beings are always late

  • Anthony - 2012-02-15 07:55

    Get these cops off the scene, immediately Has the education department gone insane!!!!

  • Susan - 2012-02-15 07:56

    Ridiculous, when kids are late it's often the parents fault, these poor kids may be victims of useless parents

  • Donald Clark - 2012-02-15 07:57

    cmon guys, so cynical here! at least the minister is trying to solve the problem instead of sitting in her office she is out trying to shake things up...give her some credit!

  • Noelle - 2012-02-15 08:01

    I guess we can say desperate times, call for desperate measures!

  • Vincent - 2012-02-15 08:05

    This is not sustainable. All this is, is a publicity Drive to show that the MEC Cares. Where was she the whole of last year. These problems are not new. These learners haven't just started coming to school late. Empower the Principals and Governing Bodies.

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-15 08:52

      They have to start somewhere....

  • Kevin - 2012-02-15 08:07

    It's efreeken time...its'in their they are being policed for their habits....eish....blame it on apartheid...

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-15 08:53

      Blame it on poverty.... and lack of parent education.... Makes you think doesn't it?

      riaz.moola - 2012-02-15 12:24

      the number of upper/middle class racist snobs posting comments on this site is too damn high

  • Murechen - 2012-02-15 08:08

    Are they going to get the cops to wait for the teachers who are late as well?

  • Bryan - 2012-02-15 08:08

    @Jaques Theron... Assualt?? Get real dude!!

  • Whitty - 2012-02-15 08:12

    So many things are making our students to lose motivation,one being their mentors sees partners and sex objects in them. What will make the kids respect the school and be serious about learning if this is the case. I wonder if the minister of education understands the psychological effects of police visibility, especially when it is aimed at the learning mind. We do not need more of what the previous regimen did to us, to happen to our kids. We are stuck with civilians who are unruly because they were made to believe that, for the right things to happen you need to use force and you need the police to be behind you.

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-15 08:54

      The police authority needs to be respected and fear can also make someone - especially a child, think about what he/she is doing and maybe rethink going forward....

  • Henk - 2012-02-15 08:12

    die polisie is veronderstel om misdaadvoorkoming en die ondersoek van misdaad te doen en die anc gebruik hulle vir sulke strooi!!!!

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-15 08:54

      Yes, because they are out future....

  • beaties - 2012-02-15 08:13

    Go mrs Creecy! I worked as a social worker at a special school and a lot of the learners' attitude was "I can do what I want, and nobody can touch me." I am so impressed by this action taken in Soweto - a lot of other school can surely do with this kind of help.

  • Iain - 2012-02-15 08:19

    lol "drastically improved"=Education spokesperson Charles Phahlane needs to go back to school

  • Johnny - 2012-02-15 08:20


  • Nhambo - 2012-02-15 08:21

    ou a under-valuing the Police, its really degrading. I think there is a lot of work for our police than to attach them in schools. Someone someway, somehow has failed dismally. Infact you are propagating crime by introducing maximum Law Inforcement to these tender aged pupils. Think again and do a noble thing to resign. Nhambo, Mpumalanga

  • Iain - 2012-02-15 08:21

    lol "drastically improved"Education spokesperson Charles Phahlane needs to go back to school

  • Johan - 2012-02-15 08:22

    What a sad situation that the police now has to take over the role of parents and teachers. I wonder if this is actually legal.

  • Dudley - 2012-02-15 08:22

    That's pathetic. No Self-discipline. No Respect. To both the scholars and the parents!

  • lusanda.maliwa - 2012-02-15 08:23

    Gosh! Don't the police have criminals to catch or something.

  • gerald.sibanda - 2012-02-15 08:27

    it doesnt get any stupid than this, 11 cops? couldnt one be able to do the job?

  • Amanda - 2012-02-15 08:28

    I agree that using SAPS resources isnt the best option and they should be catching the theives murderers etc. but in the same breathe I would like to say if they start facing SAPS at school it might just prevent them from getting into some other crime later down the line. Discipline has to start somewhere... At least Barbara Creecy is trying to do something to get the attendance up... Its more that the tea parties some are holding...

  • Bob - 2012-02-15 08:31

    Finally a politician doing work instead of killing voters with blue-light abuse

  • eric.sebitso - 2012-02-15 08:34

    Waar is die pakslae

  • wbswanepoel - 2012-02-15 08:36

    I wish we would all just give the Educational Department a bit of a break here. They are trying, they at least got the police involved, councelling the kids and teachers to show them how important it is to get to school early. Sometimes these kids need structure and a bit of guidance and someone to listen to them. Who knows how far they have to walk, travel and who gets them ready and who makes their lunches etc etc. I know if I wasn't helping my kids in the morning they would be late everyday or forget half their stuff. Let's just give them a chance. A fright like this shows someone is watching. The teachers obviously don't give a damn cause some were also late. Accountability Accountability !!!

  • SM1012 - 2012-02-15 08:38

    Yeh right!!!....our Banana Republic...eish.

  • Thuli - 2012-02-15 08:40

    Do these learner really need counselling???? Firm discipline is required here. What has the school done to ensure that learners understand the value of arriving on time for lessons at school? That is why they experience high matric failure rate.

  • MuttleyScholtz - 2012-02-15 08:49

    Hahahahahaha! Take that! Reading this improved my morning!

  • padayachee - 2012-02-15 08:49

    Why all the criticism? At least they are DOING something about it, They are working on it… Rome wasn’t built in one day… You gota start somewhere.

  • NrGx - 2012-02-15 08:51

    perhaps this is the "governments" way of introducing the police to an education!

  • paula.liebenberg - 2012-02-15 08:56

    It looks like most commentators here missed the fact that several teachers were late too. LEAD BY EXAMPLE!!! Start with the teachers who are the late comers, and then move on to the kids who probably think that if the teachers can be late, they can be late too. Then, let's not forget that unlike most of us, who are fortunate enough to drop our kids off at school, these kids have parents who leave home very early to commute to work (which is often quite far from their place of residence). If the tables were turned and you were to be away from home from (let's say) 5am to 7pm and have no-one to take care of your kids in those hours, would it not be the same, with your kids arriving at school late? At least these kids turn up for school, no? A bit of perspective is all that is needed here. The headmaster of the school is the one who must be held responsible here, to discipline the teachers and then the kids. Caning is not the solution neither is police action.

  • mnbain - 2012-02-15 08:57

    This is so brilliant! So now rather than go to school when you realize you going to be late. It's better to stay at home. You need to be encouraging the love of learning, this method is not going to give you results, at best reluctant bums on seats. Perhaps a school bus system as is seen in the USA is a far more realistic solution to helping the families get children to school on time. You can lead a child to the classroom, but you can't make him think.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-15 09:03

      I like your idea about the school bus system. We had one years ago but that was closed down around 1991. Coincidence? I think not. But I don't think it would work. Look at the Gautrain bus drivers, they are always on strike. So what would stop these school bus drivers always being on strike?

  • Ryan - 2012-02-15 08:58

    Get em while they are young!

  • ronnie.appollis - 2012-02-15 09:03

    Our children these days just do what they want because our laws protect them from being punished.

  • jofouche - 2012-02-15 09:13

    this is sad, really sad. and its all because they got rid of discipline in schools. when i was in school you would get your ass whipped and that was the end of the story. you would not come late again for a long time. but now think to bring officers of the law to school will solve all their problems, they change these young people into little criminals before they even get the chance to become someone. if only they had stick with the educational system and military system of the apartheid era it would not have come to this mess. All they had to do was to expand the structure and infrastructure since back then it was built and designed to accomodate 4 million whites.. but no they had to enrich themselves first... no they pick the fruit of they selfish actions. They call it a freedom fight, which back at the time sounded like a great idea and in fact it was until they got their freedom, and they squandered it all. They have no one to blame not even a[artheid but themselves. What buthelezi said in parliament the ohter day is a sign that they come to realise that the party is over and the guests are gone... now they see what a mess they made. 17 years later and the country is more polarised and divided than ever, God help us so we dont follow in the footsteps of other african countries, a path of genocide and total economic, and social collapse.

  • khutso.b - 2012-02-15 09:25

    someone just got robbed this morning...were the cops there? NO!... agg this is so harsh for the school kids, they should be after criminals not waste our tax money on pupils... soon they will be using "shoot to kill principle" on school kids who runs away from them