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Kids stop going to school - Manenberg

Teachers say 80 percent of students are absent due to gang violence in recent weeks.

Dozens of students skip school in fear of gang shoot outs in the Western Cape.

CAPE TOWB - A Manenberg school says constant gang shootings in the area makes it difficult to continue with teaching on a daily basis.

Teachers at Edendale Primary School say about 80 percent of learners were absent due to sporadic shootings that started early yesterday morning.

Educators were also forced to adjourn the school early as a result of the shootings.

Manenberg has been infested by gang violence in recent weeks, with several people losing their lives.

Edendale primary school principal Melvin Fourie says the gang violence is entering its 9th week.

"At this point in time there is no indication from any one of the two groups that they want to enter into peace talks to stabilise the situation in the area."

Meanwhile the police's Tembinkosi Kinana says a 29 year old man was hospitalised after he was wounded in one of the attacks.

"A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation. The circumstances surrounding this attack is not known at this stage. We have not made any arrests."

Earlier this week the Western Cape Education Department said security measures have been beefed up at a Crossroads school after an attempted attack on a teacher.

Two suspects entered a grade nine classroom at Dr Nelson Mandela High School and demanded the teacher's handbag, one of them were armed.

It's been reported that one of the suspects was a pupil at the school but the department's Bronagh Casey denies this saying the men are believed to be community members.

Casey says the men gained access by jumping the school fence and were not seen by security.

"The WCED is very concerned about the incident that happened. The WCED has been to the school, we already have two security guards in place and are looking at additional security. We have also provided trauma counselling and debriefing."