Unannounced raids planned for schools

Johannesburg - Unannounced raids at schools throughout Gauteng will become a regular feature in a bid to curb violence, Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said on Thursday.

"I have instructed the police and my department to speed up the implementation of the unannounced visits to identified problematic schools," Nkosi-Malobane said in a statement.

The announcement follows the killing of a pupil at Soshanguve Central Secondary School on Monday. The incident left another pupil injured.

A 17-year-old pupil was being bullied and went home to fetch a knife which he allegedly used to stab his two bullies.

One died on the scene while one was injured and taken to hospital.

The teenager was arrested and appeared at the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court, where the case was postponed to 18 August.

The MEC said the programme would entail sporadic raids at the schools with an aim to ensure that schools maintained their image of being institutions where teaching and learning took place.

She also paid a visit to the families of the three boys.

"In as much as these gruesome acts have brought pain to the families of the deceased and the injured, I'm comforted by the fact that the suspect has accepted the responsibility for the heinous crimes he committed," she said.

Mc Apple 2014/08/14 09:47:16 PM
I remember a time when we went to school, talked, played and learned. Except for the off ANC blowing up a bank, throwing a hand grenade into a full church or planting a mine near the school now and then it was fun and pretty safe. Oh well. Another "gift" from the new masters.
SvH 2014/08/14 10:00:05 PM
Do these schools implement anti-bullying plans and remedies ? A poor child driven over the edge should have been assisted before this happened !
André 2014/08/14 10:01:17 PM
So basically police raids at schools are ok but corporal punishment not.
Monica Oosthuizen 2014/08/14 10:01:17 PM
Bullies are criminals too!!
Philip Buys 2014/08/14 10:04:37 PM
In our time we got cainned, and these things never happened, but then again these days your rights are taken from you and given to criminals.
SvH 2014/08/14 10:12:00 PM
The cause of this was bullying another child. That has nothing to do with skin colour! Happens at 'your' lily white' schools too (from a white mother).
Zweli High-Priest Lesley 2014/08/14 10:25:50 PM
Its a pity that the department does not deal with the root of the problem but tackles it on surface. If the child had been protected from bullying there was not going to be any killing. Students should be given channels to report bullying since teachers have been stripped powers to discipline learners.
Trudi Roos Potter 2014/08/14 11:14:20 PM
Oh well, I landed on my back, threwn by a grade 8 learner last week. I tried to confiscate his earphones. Well, at least I am still young. 62.
Stephan Francois Bouwer 2014/08/14 11:37:10 PM
Um, don't we already have this in the Western Cape? When I was in school, the police came at least twice in my 5 years in high school. But they never found anything, except the dogs went crazy when they sniffed the fat girl's lunch....
Thato Pasta Mollo 2014/08/15 02:04:42 AM
This is an annoucement