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Extra security in Manenberg schools

A teacher at a Manenberg high school has welcomed more regular policing in the area.

FILE: A teacher at a Manenberg high school has welcomed more regular policing in the area. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A teacher at a Manenberg high school on Monday welcomed more regular policing in the area.

The intervention at five schools affected by gang violence comes after a court ordered the Western Cape Education Department to provide extra security.

Both the department and police have stepped in to address the issue of learner safety in Manenberg.

Since a flare up in the area last week, police have been conducting more patrols.

The community has been dealing with the collateral damage of a turf war between the Americans and Hard Livings gangs.

Silverstream Secondary School teacher Linden Adonis says while police presence has improved, the community still feels threatened.

"I don't feel safer because they broke into our school over the weekend. So gangs still have access to our schools."

He says police are also searching learners for weapons and drugs, but did not find anything today.