Making Manenberg safer

South Africa
The escalating gang violence in Manenberg has forced the closure of all schools in the area for the next two days. The Western Cape Education Department made the extraordinary move after more than two months of some of the worst gang violence ever seen. eNCA

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education officials are to meet with Manenberg teachers today to come up with a safety plan for schools in the area.

In an unprecedented move, the department has closed Manenberg schools for the rest of the week, due to escalating gang violence.

Over the past two months, Manenberg has been rocked by some of the worst gang violence ever seen in this part of the Cape Flats.

During an emotionally charged meeting yesterday, teachers from local schools shared harrowing tales of the threats they and their pupils face on a daily basis.

Affected teachers and other stakeholders will meet education officials later today to come up with a safety plan.

Sonderend Primary is one of the schools caught in the crossfire. 

Watch eNCA reporter, Barbara Friedman's video package (above) in which teachers share harrowing stories.

-eNCA

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