Regular patrols put Manenberg pupils at ease

Police & law enforcement authorities have been in the gang-stricken area since schools re-opened.

There is a heavy police presence at Sonderend Primary School in Manenberg on 27 January 2015. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some school pupils in Manenberg say they're more at ease now that authorities are regularly patrolling the gang-stricken area during school hours.

Police and city law enforcement officers have been in the area since last week when schools in the Western Cape re-opened.

Addressing his pupils, one teacher wanted to know if they feel safer.

"What can you do now that you couldn't do a few days ago?"

One scholar responded by saying, "Come to school and do our work."

A grade seven class at Sonderend Primary School say they're relieved that the shootings have stopped in Manenberg. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

Classrooms at several Manenberg schools appear to be filled to capacity, a good sign as the new school year finds its stride.

Pupils and teachers are going about their business and some learners say they are relieved there have been no shooting incidents so far.

Law enforcement officials are patrolling the areas around seven so-called high risk schools, including Silverstream High, Sonderend Primary and Rio Grande Primary, in a bid to deter gang shootings.

The City of Cape Town says more than 100 officials will remain in the area for the next month.

At the same time, Kraaifontein police have assured learners and teachers at Scottsdene High they're safe amid fears of persistent gangsterism.

South African Police Service (SAPS) members this morning visited the school, situated in the heart of a gang-riddled community.

Kraaifontein police station Commander Brigadier Gerda van Niekerk says officers will maintain a strong presence in and around Scottsdene High.

Van Niekerk says there is always tension in the area as rival gangs battle for turf.

She has warned learners to stay away from drugs and gangs.

Meanwhile, officials say they can't fight the scourge alone and need the help of everyone in the community, including pupils and teachers.