Police Find Drugs and Weapons During School Searches in Gauteng

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Gauteng Department of Community Safety have embarked on an integrated school safety intervention plan to rid schools of criminal elements in order to create a conducive learning and teaching environment.

Accompanied by police officers, the department visited various schools where searches were conducted and dangerous weapons and drugs were found in some learners.

The police also received a tipoff from the learners during the operation about a 51 years old man accused of selling dagga to school learners.

He was successfully arrested.

In a statement released by the department, they said that although this is part of their routine, the operation was also sparked by the recent violent crimes that have been going on various schools in Gauteng.

Substance abuse, bullying and gangsterism among others, were some of the problems included.

The department also said that they have put special focus on 30 schools identified by the Department of Education as problematic schools in the province.

The Departments’ HoD Ms Yoliswa Makhasi also pleaded with Community Policing Forums to work together with law enforcement agencies in curbing crime in schools and also make their presence felt.

She added that these kinds of operations and random school searches are set to continue to make sure they fight crime in schools.

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