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Gangsterism the norm for Cape Town pupils

2012-11-01 12:00

Cape Town - Teachers and principals at Hanover Park schools in Cape Town have made a desperate plea to Community Safety MEC Dan Plato to address gang violence in the area, it was reported on Thursday.

Shots were fired daily near schools, and pupils had often witnessed someone being wounded or killed, the Cape Argus reported.

"My concern is the children are so desensitised. They can tell you how [gangsters] cock the guns. It's a huge concern that they are looking at gangsters as their role models," Blomvlei Primary principal Dawn Petersen said.

"They think abnormal is normal."

Some children recently witnessed a heavy object being thrown at a pupil's father, who died of a head injury.

In another incident, a woman was killed in crossfire near the school one morning. Her body was removed only that afternoon.

The violence had affected many pupils, with some becoming aggressive and others needing medication to cope.

According to the report, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato had asked principals to forward their safety ideas to him, so he could share them with the education department and the police.

Comments
  • michael.awood.313 - 2012-11-01 12:11

    Its so tragic that the innocent children have to be subjected to witness these forms of violence and that the educators and parents become victims and are the only ones who can help them, they need counselling and the police should become more aggressive in dealing with gangsterism it is their duty to enforce the law and protect the citizens of this country in any and every neighbourhood, stop appealing to the community to help cos they do but they also need the police to be proactive after all our taxes pay them to provide safety especially in areas where people cannot afford private security and gangsterism is so rife and dangerous. The government should do more to assist its people not just expect suggestions the news and witness reports speak for itself, they should do something!!!!

  • Msika - 2012-11-01 12:14

    Whats up with Cape Town and gangs? Geez!!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-01 12:49

      The problem lies with national government's refusal to do anything about the problem.

      Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-11-01 13:01

      What's up with ANC and corruption?

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-01 13:23

      Hillbrow. Your argument is void.

      heinrich.spreeth - 2012-11-02 14:32

      Cape Town is a bit of a generalisation. It's more a smaller area called the cape flats. Or do I have my info wrong?

  • tsatsi.golden - 2012-11-01 12:27

    Bring SANDF

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-11-01 13:25

      I agree,they dont leave any traces!

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-01 12:28

    Time for compulsory military service to sort out these youngsters....

  • xoli.mabiya - 2012-11-01 12:42

    As a CPT resident and someone who stays in a gang riden area( manenberg) I think its time the pressident and Nathi Mthetwa rethink the idea of deploying the Army in these areas, this is a safety plea to the GOV of SA..

  • ludlowdj - 2012-11-01 12:44

    The DA is really failing in the Western Cape, irrespective of how much they have achieved commercially or how many tourists they attract, the only real measure of success is not how clean the streets are, but how safe the residents are and how well law and order is maintained, in this respect they fail.

      jason.dutoit - 2012-11-01 13:01

      it is the national government that won't allow cape town to form a special drugs and gangs police unit. it is the national government that refuses to allow the army to aid the stretched police in the cape flats.

      bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-01 13:04

      And Gauteng is a roaring success story! I must demolish my 8 foot boundary wall immediately!

      Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-11-01 13:06

      You see the thing is, we have an influx of folks from outside the Western Cape. They come from their failed provinces (or even countries) to look for a better life. (Which is good and I understand) But they are so used to not being provided for wherever they are originally from so they continue with their criminal ways. Yes crime happens here in the Western Cape but with the influx of people from everywhere else, so has the crime rate risen.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-01 13:07

      The ANC is failing the Western Cape.

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-01 13:22

      Hahaha! Have you seen Hillbrow?!?

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-11-01 13:24

      Your sauce is weak troll, do better....and for the record, I feel the same level of safety in Cape Town as I feel in most big European cities...

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-11-01 14:34

      Sheilan i thought the factory for coloureds was Cape Town and Eldorado Park being the distribution center.....oh well at least as per Trevor Noah lol

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-01 12:45

    The best performing province in drugs,gangstarism and racism.

      bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-01 13:04

      You have not factored in BEE GAuteng now did you?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-01 13:10

      The gangs and tikkoppe are the same lot, and only on a portion of the Cape Flats. As far as racism is concerned, when last did you look in the mirror?

  • Werewabbit - 2012-11-01 12:50

    what a classic sensationalist headline: it implies this is true for all schools in Cape Town. If so who are the gangs in Bishops and SACS?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-01 13:08

      Naai, dis net in die Hangover Park in.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-01 12:54

    This is becoming a culture of crime. The parents must take responsibilty too.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-01 13:07

    Gangsterism is one of the dumbest things EVER. Why in a gang. For comradery and protection. Protection against what? Against other gangs! Herp derp derp! Cycle of stupid. Macho is BS! Your stupidity is killing innocent people...

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-11-01 13:50

    Its sad to hear all this that three years ago i was in Hanover park @ mountview with a unicef project, sports for development. And the biggest challenge is tht learners thnk that the is no other life outside cape flats. They only know the life around them if we can have exchange programs in schools,by xchanging learner between provinces and have community centers that teaches life skills that build moral and values of thes young kids.

  • DarleneMelville - 2012-11-01 22:19

    Zuma won't do nothing about this situation! He's a ganster himself!

      Rufus Williams - 2013-05-07 09:33

      I SEE THERES A NEW TREND IN SA ANYTHING GOES WRONG BLAME ZUMA OR THE ANC. THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY WAS THERE BEFORE ZUMA THE JUSTICE SYSTEM OF THIS COUNTRY HAS FAILED ITS PEOPLE THE POLISE HANDS ARE TIED ITS ONLY IF WE CHANGE THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY WE WILL SEE GANGSTERISM FADE INTO THE ABYSS IT BELONGS. ITS ONLY SCARED COWARDS THAT JOIN THESE GANGS BUT WATCH VEARY AND HIS NEW PLAN FOR THESE COWARDS IM SURE WHEN THEY START THE DAYS OF GANGSTERISM WILL FADE.

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