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WC education want Saps to keep Bonteheuwel school safe from gangs

Two rival all female gangs are fighting over who gets to recruit new members from the school.

FILE: The Cape Flats in Cape Town South Africa. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department said it has asked South African Police Services (Saps) to assist in curbing gang activity at a Bonteheuwel school.

It's understood two different female gangs are terrorising learners, which has left some children too afraid to attend school.

The department said it has been in contact with the school and with Saps.

Two different rival all girl gangs have allegedly entered into a turf-war in the vicinity of Modderdam high over who gets to recruit new members from the school.

Some learners have reportedly been bullied and beaten up after refusing to join gangs.

Provincial Education spokesperson Jessica Shelver said officials are assisting the school, but ultimately it remains the responsibility of the Saps to ensure safety.

"The department coordinates and assists the school to capacitate the school committee. Saps, however, need to be effective in the area."

Cape Town Police say an investigation is underway.