Education expert welcomes court ruling

The Western Cape government has been ordered to improve security in Manenberg schools.

FILE: Manenberg High School. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An education expert has welcomed a court order which forces the Western Cape Education Department to provide adequate security to Manenberg schools.

The interim order was granted late on Friday afternoon by the Western Cape High Court.

Gang violence has flared up again in the area with five people being shot and wounded earlier this week.

In 2013, all 14 Manenberg schools were forced to close for two days as a result of the gang warfare.

Education expert Christo van der Rheede says, "Serious steps need to be taken especially by national government in collaboration with provincial government to ensure that those areas are made safer especially for everyone that is working or living there."

Several Cape Town communities have been battling gang violence in recent years.

The police have urged communities to work with them to end the scourge.