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Dept takes action after school stabbing

WC Education says it’s doing everything to ensure schools remain weapon and drug free.

FILE. WC Education says it’s doing everything to ensure schools remain weapon and drug free. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says it's doing all it can to ensure schools remain weapon and drug free zones.

Officials have however expressed concern over the number of stabbing incidents involving school children.

In recent weeks there have been at least two fatal stabbing incidents in which teenage boys have died.

In the latest attack 17-year-old matric pupil Jerome Manuel was stabbed to death outside a Wellington school on Thursday last week.

The department's Bronagh Casey said, "If you look at the number of stabbing incidents from 2012 and 2013, the number of incidents reported that took place on school premises indicate they have decreased from 65 in 2012 to 50 in 2013."