Collaborations Are Needed To End Violence On School Grounds

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In a recently held gathering, offenders serving long terms in prison have shared their experiences and warned school learners that some behaviors may lead to them knocking on jail bars, should they not be careful.

 


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Recently, a grade 9 learner fatally stabbed a fellow grade 11 learner to death. This is amongst the series of violent incidents that have taken place on school premises, some of these incidents didn’t even make it to the news. 

It is for this reason that the Gauteng Community Safety hosted a gathering amongst school learners and offenders through a school safety social crime prevention campaign.

The matters that were primarily touched on were infighting and the use of substances, such as drugs amongst school learners. It had been reported that the learners spoke openly about these issues.

The offenders also shared their personal stories, and how they wish they could go back in time to change things.

In an interview, Gauteng Community Safety Head of Department (HOD) Nonstikelelo Sisulu shared:

The Johannesburg Correctional Facility has about 9 000 offenders, of which 6 0000 are young people.

The offenders shared the same sentiment when it comes to how behaving in a certain way might lead to one landing in jail, something that they don’t want for the learners.

The Department of Correctional Services has collaborated with the Department of Basic Education and the South African Police Service to conduct random and organised searches in Gauteng schools.

Sisulu also emphasised that collaborations are needed when it comes to initiatives that are needed to resolve the issues that occur in these schools on a daily basis.


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