– The Mercury – 29 September 2008
A fresh approach to violence at KwaZulu-Natal schools is set to be adopted next month when the Safe Schools Summit is launched in Durban by the Education Department.
The announcement was made yesterday during the first day of the sixth three-day South African Democratic Teachers Union provincial conference.
Education MEC Ina Cronje addressed the summit yesterday and said she
was concerned that crime and violence was affecting schools. She said
the summit would provide a platform where people could talk creatively
on the thorny issue.
ANC KZN deputy secretary Sihle Zikalala called for crime at schools to be ended. He said communities where schools were situated should establish street committees to fight crime.
The conference is also being used as a chance to focus on the role teachers
should play in convincing people to vote in next year’s elections.