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7 August 2018

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has invested over R34 million for the 2018/2019 financial year on the Safe Schools programme across the Province. This funding is being used to provide and reinforce targeted security infrastructure in schools, to support a safe and secure learning environment for our learners.

The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the WCED remains committed to ensuring that schools remain safe places conducive to learning, however, we urgently call on the SANDF in a supportive capacity to assist the SAPS and all relevant stakeholders to help ensure the safety of our teachers and learners at all costs.

We are working to try and address the complex social issues that give rise to young people getting involved in gangs, drugs, and other forms of substance abuse. We are however under no illusion that the fight against gangsterism and drugs and other forms substance abuse is hindered by our severely under-resourced police stations and inefficient justice system.

We are regularly engaging with teachers and fellow parents, in order to build and foster trust to help in sharing and tackling concerns. This joint ownership goes beyond just discussing grades and lessons. It requires a proactive collaboration on establishing and monitoring safety procedures applicable to infrastructure, resources, transport, as well as the emotional and physical well-being of learners within the school campus to create a safe learning environment.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to ensuring that young learners remain in school and are in fact safe whilst ensuring that learners are granted an equal opportunity to exceed at school.

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