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Gangsterism linked to drop out rate

Gangsterism is one of the major causes contributing to the high drop rate among grade nine pupils.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Gangsterism has been highlighted as one of the major causes contributing to the high drop rate in schools.

The Western Cape Education Department said more than 29 percent of grade nine learners end up leaving the classroom.

Education expert Graeme Bloch said money also plays a role.

“People drop out when things like gangsterism become a temptation. The kids decide to start making money by selling drugs, rather than by actually staying in school.”

The Cape has the highest levels of gang-related violence in South Africa.

Areas like Khayelitsha and Gugulethu have recently noted an increase in gangsterism among schoolchildren.

In May, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato visited Gugulethu and urged parents to report children who are involved in criminal activities.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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