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CT schools still a target for gang violence

As schools reopen, the WCED says it’s working to ensure the safety of learners affected by gang violence.

FILE. As schools reopen the WCED says it’s working to ensure the safety of learners affected by gang violence. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape education department says authorities are working together to improve the safety of learners and educators affected by gang violence.

Western Cape schools will reopen for the second semester today.

Last week three children were caught in the crossfire of suspected rival gang shootings.

In one incident a 10-year-old Mitchells Plain boy was shot dead.

While thousands of learners head back to school after the winter break, the department says gang violence is an ongoing concern for schools in the province.

MEC Debbie Schäfer says they are working with local police and community organisations to address the issue.

"There are ongoing plans to address this issue. We are obviously very concerned about it."

The department is urging school pupils to make use of the Safe Schools Call Centre to report any form of abuse.