Terrors in uniform



September 16, 2016
Terrors in uniform

An array of knives, scissors and handcuffs were confiscated from learners. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

Weapons seized at three Mitchells Plain schools.

These are the weapons police found at three Mitchells Plain schools in just a week.

Cops confiscated knives, drugs, a pair of handcuffs at the two primary and one high school in Lentegeur.

Shockingly, bullets were found in front of a gate at one school.

At Aloe Junior High School, 16 knives, five pairs of scissors, a screwdriver and handcuffs were found in the school bags of children between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.

At Cornflower Primary School, cops found three .38 special revolver bullets just outside the school gate, believed to have been dropped by someone before they entered the premises.

The school’s caretaker found the bullets, wrapped in newspaper, while preparing to open the gates yesterday.

At Aloe High School cops found dagga, a bone used as an instrument to smoke the drug, condoms and a small hookah pyp.

In the joint operation between police and Law Enforcement that started last week, cops searched several classrooms and the bags of over 280 pupils at the schools.

Lentegeur Police Station Commander, Elizabeth Hermanus, says the children were not searched as their parents were not present to give consent.

Cops also searched alleged drug dens in the schools’ vicinity and arrested suspects in possession of tik and dagga.

Hermanus says this should serve as a warning to pupils who bring dangerous weapons to school.

“At Aloe Junior, we found the most dangerous of weapons, these were grades 8, 9 and 10 pupils,” she says.

“These were mainly male students and the items were found inside their bags, as we did not carry out body searches.

“We want this to be a warning for these children and we spoke to them during the search, that if these weapons were found in their possession, they will be arrested.

“They will face jail and have a criminal record and will not find employment.”

Hermanus says police were shocked to find the ammunition at Cornflower Primary: “These were found on the perimeter, which is sad because this is a primary school.”

Hermanus could not confirm whether the weapons were linked to gangs in the area.

Jessica Shelver, the spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, says they are aware of the ammunition found: “The Safe Schools Call Centre contacted the school. The bullets were not found on the school premises so we will not investigate. However, SAPS are more than welcome to.”

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