Manenberg schools try to catch up

The area has been battling gang violence which forced schools to close down temporarily.

Manenberg. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says catch up programmes have been arranged for several Manenberg schools affected by the recent surge in gang violence.

The schools were forced to close for two days more than a week ago.

Teachers and pupils refused to return to the classroom due to safety concerns.

The department's Bronagh Casey says, "Teaching and learning is continuing as per normal. There have been no reported incidents of violence by the schools within the community. The Western Cape Education Department is also assisting schools in catching up on any work loss during this period."

At least 71 additional law enforcement officials have been deployed to the area.

Last week, Premier Helen Zille met with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to discuss the ongoing gang violence.

Zille also announced an additional R6 million to fight the scourge.

Several Western Cape communities have been affected by gang violence.

Over 30 people, including children have been caught in the gang crossfire.

In 2012, Zille wrote to the Presidency requesting that the army be deployed to gang infested areas but her request was turned down.

The Presidency said South Africa was not a military state, adding the police were capable of dealing with the problem.