On Sunday 27 February 2022, MEC for the Department of Community Safety held a school safety indaba at Saul Tsotesi Sports Centre.
The well attended meeting which was chaired by the MEC herself had many stakeholders in attendance. On the programme line up were: MMC for Emfuleni Public Safety Ndade Mokoena; Ms Pamela Pule (Department of Community Safety); Lt. Col. Mofokeng (SAPS Gauteng Social Crime Prevention Coordinator), Mr Mokako (CPF District Chairperson); a representative from COSAS; Pule Motsoeleli (Department of Correctional Services); Themba Maseko (Sedibeng West District Acting Director) and the MEC for Community Safety herself, Faith Mazibuko.
The speakers outlined several issues with the most relating to drug and substance abuse, gangsterism and bullying. Col Mofokeng stated, “Conflict management in the province is a huge challenge.” MEC Mazibuko expressed shock when the COSAS representative, Naledi, mentioned that some teachers were dating learners. Naledi mentioned a primary school where a CPF member is assaulting students. She requested that the MEC join COSAS during the week to visit the school.
MEC Mazibuko asked why most CPF members who are guarding schools are women, “Men, where are you?” She also reprimanded girls who attend school wearing very short school uniform and earrings.
Pule Motsoeleli (Department of Correctional Services) mentioned that former prisoners were being stigmatised by the community. He encouraged the community to intergrate them as they had paid for their crimes. Pule also stated, “Tronko haena ngwana“, prison has no child, there is no preferential treatment in the prison. He mentioned that learners involved in gangsterism need a reality check. “Schools are welcome to invite us to talk to learners and also welcome to bring learners engaging in gangsterism to prison so they can see where they will end up if they do not change.”