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Heavy police presence at Hanover Park schools

Parents rushed to collect their children from three schools yesterday following gang warfare in the area.

FILE: Yesterday two men were shot and killed in shootouts in Hanover Park. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A heavy police presence surrounds three schools in Hanover Park today following gang warfare in the area.

Yesterday, two men were shot and killed in shootouts.

Parents rushed to collect their children from Blomvlei and Atwood primary schools and Mountview High School.

Western Cape Education's Jessica Shelver said, "All schools in Hanover Park are functional today and examinations are in progress. But, the atmosphere is very tense. There is a big Saps presence around the schools."

MASIPHUMELELE

Meanwhile, the department says many learners in the troubled Masiphumelele are afraid to attend school.

The township, situated near Fish Hoek, has been plagued by unrest in recent weeks.

Clashes between police and protesting community members have become a common occurrence in the area believed to have been sparked by residents' anger over the rape and murder of a 14-year-old boy in September.

Police recently arrested a man they believe to be linked to a string of crimes in the area, including the rape and murder of the boy.

Shelver says the unrest has had a negative effect on the children in the area.

"Twelve girls in total have in some way been affected by the violence in Masiphumelele. Attendance at the schools in the area has been adversely affected and even when learners are at schools, they are withdrawn. In many cases, they ask to leave early to be with their families."

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