Police searches at school yield positive outcome
In a bid to curb the escalating crime at schools around Soshanguve, the Rietgat SAPS joined forces with other stakeholders such as Department of Education, Community Safety, the Tshwane Metro Police and the K 9 Unit and randomly visited four secondary schools in the area recently.
“The unannounced visits were part of ensuring safety in schools and creating a culture of teaching and learning without any fear of intimidation in schools for both learners and teachers”, said Captain Stephen Maluleka of Rietgat SAPS.
Maluleka confirmed that the searches yielded positive resuts after the arrests of a learner who was found in possession of live ammunition, while three others were also nabbed for possession of dagga which also led to the arrest of a drug merchant who supplies the learners.
All the four arrested learners aged between 16 and 19 and the adult supplier, will in due course appear at the Soshanguve Magistrate's Court in accordance with their age, he added.
Some learners were found in possession of scissors, knives and a toy gun. About 6430 learners were searched. The searches were led by Vistol Head Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Bila, who was flanked by officials of the Department of Education, Community Safety, Community Police Forum as well as patrollers. “The principals encouraged mores searches in the future”, said Maluleka.
By Nothisa Sibiya