Manenberg saga: ANC threatens Zille

The ANC has threatened to bring criminal charges against Helen Zille and her education MEC.

The ANC has threatened to bring criminal charges against Helen Zille and her education MEC.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape has threatened to bring criminal charges against Premier Helen Zille and her education MEC should a pupil in Manenberg be hurt or killed as a result of gang violence.

It's the latest twist in a school safety saga that resulted in a court order being granted against the province last week.

There's been a resurgence of violence in Manenberg, notorious for gang activity.

The threat of gang violence is a daily reality for school children and their teachers.

The ANC's Marius Fransman says it's the responsibility of the provincial department to ensure pupils and staff feel safe at schools.

"Teachers must feel safe at schools. The learners must also feel safe at schools."

Staff at five Manenberg schools were granted a court order last week forcing the provincial government to improve security, but the order was overturned when the department challenged the ruling this week.

The department's Bronagh Casey says they don't have the resources to ensure safe passage for pupils to and from schools, because that's the police's job.

"We can't assume the role of the police in terms of community safety within."

For now, police will increase visibility in the area as part of a two-week plan.