New Eisleben pupils fear for their safety

Teachers from New Eisleben High School say gang violence is getting out of hand.

A 17-year-old was stabbed to death at New Eisleben High School. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Gang violence has become a major problem at New Eisleben High School in Cape Town, teachers said on Thursday.

The comments come after a pupil was stabbed to death last week, allegedly by three fellow learners.

Pupil Anele Mlawuli was stabbed after assembly and died in hospital.

Principal Votile Pat Masimela says some pupils are not coping following the 17-year-old's violent death.

He said learners demanded all pupils be searched before school starts every day as they feared for their safety.

The principal says teenagers from rival gangs have been fighting since 2012.

Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks addressed pupils at the school on Thursday.

She urged them to unite against gangsterism in their community.

Several Cape Town communities have been battling increased incidents of gang violence in recent months.

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

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has called on national government to help fight the gang scourge.