Intelligence services asked to boost Gauteng school safety


    JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education is calling on intelligence services to come on board and boost school safety.

    Several schools across the province have been either burgled or torched, with damage amounting to millions of rands. The beginning of the 2020 school year has also been marred by the death of 12 pupils.

    In January, four ICT classrooms at Tokelo High School in Evaton were set alight, incurring damage estimated at R4-milllon. Days later, the admin block of Khutlo-Tharo Secondary in Sebokeng was torched.

    To add insult to injury, public schools in the province have also been targeted in a spate of robberies.

    “We need an integrated safety plan,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.“For the first time, we’re calling on intelligence to come on board.”Recently, officials have also had to deal with a wave of deaths.

    The latest incident was at Ferndale High School in Johannesburg where a Grade 10 pupil had an epileptic seizure and fell to his death.

    The Gauteng Education Department plans to revamp its school safety plan but for incidents beyond its control, it’s calling for divine intervention.