National govt meant to tackle policing at unsafe Khayelitsha schools, says MEC

Nine schools in Khayelitsha were reopened on Tuesday after they were shut down in protest.

Some teachers and community members marched in Cape Town, calling for better safety at schools.

Demonstrators gathered to highlight a spike in burglaries and attacks at schools in the community.

Read: Khayelitsha teachers sick and tired of criminals, demand 24 hours security

Almost 9 000 pupils were affected when schools were closed on Monday.

A memorandum of school safety and security demands was given to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Meanwhile, Education MEC Debbie Schafer says community members should direct their issues to Parliment because the national government is responsible for Saps.

Schafer says provincial government has no control over the nationally-controlled police service.

She adds that the Khayelitsha police are struggling to protect schools because they are underresourced.

According to Schafer, the police to population ratio in Khayelitsha is at a staggering 1 to 560 this year.

It is a concern, I completely agree with them. I just feel that they are marching to the wrong place.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

They should be marching to the national Parliament instead, which is the level where Saps is actually controlled.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

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