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Security beefed up after school shooting

Western Cape police will keep an eye on Spes Bona High following a deadly shooting.

The entrance to Spes Bona High School in Athlone after a matriculant was shot in the head. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant on Thursday said surveillance at Spes Bona High increased significantly in the last 24 hours after a matric pupil was shot and killed.

Glenrico Martin was wounded in the head after three men confronted him on the school grounds on Wednesday.

He later died in Groote Schuur hospital.

No one has been arrested thus far.

Grant said police assured him surveillance would be beefed up, not only at Spes Bona High but also at the neighbouring schools where there is gang activity.

He praised police for their swift action and said further interventions were also planned to ensure the schools were drug and weapon-free zones.

Grant, along with Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, visited the school a day after Martin was shot and killed.

They met with police and the school principal to plan the way forward following the incident.

Plato said one could not speculate whether the shooting was gang-related.

He however commended police for being on top of their investigation, adding an arrest could be expected soon.

Meanwhile, the province has been battling with gang violence in recent years.

At least 30 people, including children, were killed in gang violence in 2012.

The random shootings forced children in areas like Hanover Park to miss school.

Premier Helen Zille then wrote to the Presidency asking for the army to be deployed in gang infested areas but her request was denied.

The Presidency said the army was not trained to deal with civilians.