Members of Khayelitsha Education Forum are calling on the provincial government to fast-track the process of deploying security officers at schools in Khayelitsha.
This after Yomelela Primary School principal was injured in a shooting incident during a robbery on Friday 30 August. The forum is concerned about the safety of children and staff at schools various schools in the area.
Forum chairperson Nomawethu Mosana described the issue of security deployment at schools as a “serious matter”. She said since last year they have been engaging with the officials from the department of education and community safety to deploy securities at the schools.
“We agreed that by 1 October all the schools in Khayelitsha will have security guards,” she said.
Mosana claimed the City allocated a budget for neighbourhood watch members to be deployed in schools. “Every month we received reports about burglaries at our schools. We need every school to be properly fenced and ensure that it’s safe,” Mosana said. She added that all the schools in Khayelitsha have cameras.
Khayelitsha police station communications officer Const Lowellan Arthur West said a case of attempted murder and business robbery was opened after Friday’s attack.
He stated that no arrest has been made yet. “The school principal was in a meeting when three unknown men entered the office. One of them had a firearm and shot the principal in his left hand and stomach,” said West. He added that the criminals took two plasma televisions and a laptop and fled with his vehicle. The vehicle was later found abandoned in the area.
Director for communication in the provincial department of education Bronagh Hammond confirmed the incident and said the principal was taken to hospital and is currently recovering.
She said the matter has been reported to police. “It is yet to be determined how they gained access and what security measures were in place at the time. Safe Schools will liaise with the school to determine what security measures need to be put in place and how to improve access control,” she said.
Hammond said counseling services have been made available to educators and learners at the school.