CT principal - Gangsterism in schools will no longer be tolerated
Joe Slovo Secondary School was again broken into over the holidays despite burglar-proofing measures.
CAPE TOWN - The principal of a Cape Town high school, which has come under constant attack by vandals, read the riot act to pupils as the new school year got underway this morning.
Joe Slovo Secondary School was again broken into over the holidays despite extensive burglar-proofing measures being implemented.
A number of Cape Town schools were plagued by gang violence last year.
The school's principal Majiet Parker didn't mince his words during a lengthy assembly this morning.
Parker, who last year received a death threat allegedly from one of his pupils, told learners that gangsterism will not be tolerated at the school.
He said he suspects gangs are behind a series of break-ins.
Parker also announced that participation in sports will become mandatory.
'LEARNERS FEEL SAFER AT SCHOOL'
Learners at a Manenberg Primary School say they're relieved the 2015 school year has finally started as they feel safer on school grounds.
The area has been rocked by a spate of gang-related shootings between the Hard Livings gang and the Dixie Boys gang in recent weeks.
Police and city law enforcement officials are patrolling the suburb out of fear gang violence could affect the school.
Grade seven pupil Tara Johnson says her goal is to work hard this year regardless of the situation.
"I plan on working hard this year to get to a nice grade and to a high school out of Manenberg so that everyone can be safe."