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Manenberg schools lose extra security bid

The WC High Court has overturned an order compelling officials to beef up security.

The WC High Court has overturned an order compelling officials to beef up security at Manenberg schools. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Equal Education says it's disappointed the Western Cape High Court has now overturned an interim order that compels education officials to step up security at several Manenberg schools.

The non-government organisation brought the application forward last week, following a flare-up in gang shootings in the area.

The department, however, approached the court this week to have the order reconsidered.

Equal Education's Solminic Joseph says, "Our clients feel the department, as their employer and as the body responsible for the administration of education in the Western Cape, needs to provide them and their learners with a safe working environment conducive to providing quality basic education."

Earlier this week, a teacher at a Manenberg High School welcomed the order of more regular policing in the area since the community has been dealing with the collateral damage of a turf war between the Americans and Hard Livings gangs.

Meanwhile, Silverstream Secondary School teacher Linden Adonis said 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."

A pupil from the school also told Eyewitness News she is too afraid to go to school because of the ongoing gang violence.

"Our lives are still in danger because we have to face all of this every day. We can't go to school and we can't stay for after-school classes because our lives are in danger. Some kids don't even go to school because their parents don't want them walking to school."