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WC education: Cops not taking search & seizure op seriously

Gugulethu station commander Patrick Benenengu says the department gave them minutes to prepare.

A search and seizure operation during which learners are randomly searched for weapons and drugs was bungled today following a misunderstanding between authorities. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education has accused police of not taking its "search and seizure" operations at schools seriously.

A search and seizure operation during which learners are randomly searched for weapons and drugs was bungled today following a misunderstanding between authorities.

The department says the school had been informed two weeks ago.

Gugulethu station commander Patrick Benenengu says the Education Department gave them minutes to prepare for a search and seizure operation.

"There was no proper arrangement or coordination."

Education MEC Debbie Schafer however says the policing cluster and Fekeza Secondary School were aware weeks before.

"It was quite clear that the police were unprepared, second of all communication is non-existent and they find it a joke."

Two knives were found after three Grade 8 classrooms were searched.

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