Lesufi promises to rid schools of crime

Panyaza Lesufi says he's in the process of establishing a team to deal with gangs and drugs at schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Westbury Secondary High School for Safer Schools Programme on 5 September 2014. Picture: @EducationGP.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he's determined to rid all schools in the province of ill-discipline and crime so they can become centres of excellence.

Lesufi and the Sophiatown police raided a school west of Johannesburg yesterday looking for drugs and weapons but found only a bag of dagga.

The MEC says Gauteng pupils mostly fail to perform academically because of drug abuse and gangsterism.

"Other children are playing with computers while our children are playing with dagga so for us to compete with the world we have to change our mind set."

Lesufi says his department plans to invest millions of rand in digital learning material from next year but he's worried about the rate of crime in schools.

He says he's in the process of establishing a dedicated team to deal with gangs and drugs at schools.

Video: War on drugs and gangsterism in schools.