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Gang violence affects Manenberg schools

WC Education Dept says it’s dealing with a court order to increase security at Manenberg schools.

WC Education Dept says it’s dealing with a court order to increase security at Manenberg schools. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says it's in the process of dealing with a court order, which compels it to beef up security at Manenberg schools.

An interim court order, brought by a group of schools, was granted late on Friday, instructing the department to jack up security at schools in the gang-stricken area.

Last year, a spate of gang shootings forced the closure of all of schools in Manenberg for two days.

The department's Bronagh Casey says, "The department does not think it's reasonable, nor is it in the best interest of the learners to close down any of the schools in the area."

She says the South African Police Service (SAPS) made mention in a meeting it is better for pupils to be in school when violence of this nature occurs."