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Deputy Police Min urges schools, campuses to get involved in crime fighting

Mkongi wants student bodies to mobilise, take action and work with the police.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

BELVILLE - Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi is urging school and campus structures to get involved in crime fighting.

He's hosting a school and campus safety dialogue at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Saturday.

It's part of the campus safety program launched by the Police Minister Bheki Cele in Tshwane in May.

Communities, organisations, schools and universities are participating in the safety summit on Saturday.

Mkongi wants student bodies to mobilise, take action and work with the police.

“We want to mobilise the education sector in the fight against crime, which includes learners at school, parents and teachers. In terms of universities, it should be student leadership, management and also the parents.”

Community members from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Manenberg are appealing to police to address violence in schools as robberies, burglaries and drugs in schools are concerning.

One Khayelitsha resident said crime in the community spills into schools.

“Last week, schools were robbed but work is not being done,” they said.

The campus safety programme includes units at schools and campuses.