Terror rules at high school

They also informed Barberton Times about their concern regarding learners arriving at the school intoxicated and armed with dangerous weapons, such as knives and pangas.

Concerned residents have taken it upon themselves to patrol KaMhola and perform body searches when pupils arrive or leave, however, efforts to restore law and order at the controversial school seemed to yield no results.

Last Wednesday another learner was stabbed while in class.

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According to a teacher, who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation, the school has become a gangster battle ground.

“Do you know how many schoolchildren have dropped out or asked for transfers because of these gangs that rule the school grounds? They come here armed with knives and pangas. As teachers we are afraid to go to classes because the attacks now happen there. We deal with learners attacking one another daily. When they are high, they call themselves bosses,” said the teacher.

The teachers are pleading with the Mpumalanga Department of Education to deploy full-time security officers.

“Our department likes to react by not acting. When they killed Falakhe Mabuza police were planted here to provide security for the whole day. They only lasted a week and during that time the incidents decreased. But as soon as the police left, the gangsters came back again. It is a scary situation to teach and learn at KaMhola.

“We are teaching here because we have nowhere to go.”

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The teacher said most of the gang fights start outside and end up in the schoolyards.

Some of these gangsters are not even learners at KaMhola.

“They wear the school uniform and come to the school. Because they wear a uniform, many think that they are learners here.

“We have been asking for identification cards to be issued for all learners but to
date, nothing has been done,” added the teacher.

Education spokesman Jasper Zwane referred all enquiries to Gerald Sambo as he was on leave.
Sambo couldn’t be reached at the time of going to press.

Richard Nkosi

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