Lesufi vows to crush gangsterism in schools

The MEC earlier led a team of police and education officials on a search for drugs at a Westbury school.

Police search pupils at Westbury Secondary High School in Johannesburg on 5 September, 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has vowed to crush gangsterism and drug abuse at schools across the province in the light of reports of increased criminal activities.

Lesufi earlier led a team of police and education officials on a search for drugs at the Westbury Secondary School, west of Johannesburg.

No one was arrested but several drugs were recovered and pupils have been warned to behave or they'll be expelled.

Police confiscated dagga and other drug paraphernalia.

Lesufi said 11 schools in the province have been identified as the most problematic because of the prevalence of drugs and gangs.

The MEC said officials in his office and senior police officers spent the past 100 days profiling alleged gangsters in all the province's schools and will now start to crackdown on them.

Lesufi said in the past 103 days that he has been in office, he had to authorise the expulsion of more than 20 pupils due to ill-discipline, drug abuse and gangsterism - which is concerning.

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