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Extra security for Manenberg schools

The municipality deployed more than 100 officers to the Cape Town suburb.

FILE: The Manenberg police station. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There will be a strong police presence in Manenberg until the end of the 2013 academic year, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed on Thursday.

The municipality deployed more than 100 officers to the suburb, which has been hard-hit by gang violence in the past few months.

About 40 officers are guarding 14 high-risk schools in the area.

The schools were forced to close for two days during the third school term due to safety concerns.

De Lille explains, "This will ensure the matriculants in particular can focus on the exams and not have to worry about violent activities in their communities."

Matric exams will begin on 28 October.

The Western Cape Education Department says it is ready for the exams.

The province had the highest pass rate in 2012.