Paarl school ‘directly affected’ by gangsterism

Charleston Hill High was forced to close for the day yesterday due to gang violence.

FILE. A member of Cape Town's Gang and Drug Taskforce searches for guns and drugs in a house in Manenberg. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Teachers at a Paarl-East high school in the Western Cape say the institution is directly affected by gangsterism in the community.

Charleston Hill High was forced to close for the day yesterday due to gang violence.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato is engaging with religious leaders, residents and government role players at the school this morning.

The school's acting principal Derrick Newman says the school is situated directly between Chicago and Magnolia; these are the areas that have been plagued by gang warfare in recent weeks.

Newman says stone throwing and gun battles happen almost daily.

He says educators were forced to send learners home early yesterday after receiving a tip-off about imminent gang violence.

Meanwhile Plato has urged the community to work with officials to curb the ongoing violence.

This week authorities targeted Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg and Hanover Park where Metro Police cracked down on gang activity.

To view EWN' s feature on gang violence in Manenberg,_ click here._