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GDE and police raid Westbury Secondary

Gauteng Department of Education & the SAPS are raiding Westbury Secondary School for drugs.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi at Westbury Secondary High School with police on 5 September 2014. Picture: @EducationG

JOHANNESBURG - Officials from the Gauteng Education Department, led by MEC Panyaza Lesufi and members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) are currently raiding the Westbury Secondary School.

This, as efforts continue to clamp down on gangsterism and drugs across the province.

Lesufi says police have in the past 100 days profiled the most gangsters in the province's schools.

"Gangsters with the name 'Marikana' cut across some of our schools, regardless of where they are and that worries me."

He says the department plans to invest millions of rands in school infrastructure, but this is threatened by crime.

"We're going to give teachers laptops and therefore if we have gangster, we don't want our children to be sitting ducks."

The police arrived at the school earlier and briefed the principal but most pupils were outside classes.

Police have confiscated dagga and other drug paraphernalia.

Lesufi told pupils, "We care about you, just imagine you have to go and tell your parents this is what you're doing at school."

The MEC says he is extremely worried about the prevalence of drugs and gangsters at schools across the province.

"I don't want to come here each time and check if learners have dagga or not. I want to come here and see if the curriculum is right, are they performing well at school…"

The police have promised to clamp down on crime at all the province's schools.

"We want to chase away the gangsters at the schools; we don't want to see them using drugs and carrying dangerous weapons."

No has been arrested at the school this morning but a range of drugs has been recovered and learners warned to give it up or face expulsion.