The Rietgat SAPS conducted a school search at Amogelang Secondary School in Block P, Soshanguve, as part of the School Safety Programme, in collaboration with the Community Policing Forum (CPF) Department of Community, Tshwane Metro Police Department, Safety, and the Department of Education.
This follows an application made in response to a tip regarding troubled students at the school. Approximately nine students were suspended for seven days, four for drug possession and five for wearing skirts and causing a distraction in the classroom.Mr Kgomotso Hans, the school principal, was ecstatic about the school search and urged that additional searches be conducted in the future.
“I am quite pleased with the results of the search, and I hope we could conduct school searches on a regular basis,” Mr Hans added. Mr David Moses, the District Director of the Department of Education, gave the school’s Principal permission to send suspension letters to the students and also asked him to call a meeting with the School Governing Body (SGB) to discuss the problem.
The Rietgat SAPS will continue to pounce on troublesome schools in order to address the societal issues caused by students’ actions. Other students were grateful for the presence of the police at their school, as safety is a top priority in the learning and teaching environment.The police have promised to get to the bottom of drug peddling in schools, and a thorough investigation is underway to bring the supplier to justice.
By: Khensani Khoza.