During a speech at an education summit in Boksburg on Wednesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said alcohol and weapons are easily available at schools.
The summit is aimed at finding solutions to improve school and learner safety.
According to CEO of the National Education Collaboration Trust, Godwin Khoza, communities must collaborate to reduce violence and improve learner welfare, over and above efforts by school management.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
We have to ask ourselves: what kind of society are we and what kind of society do we envision for ourselves? We can't leave all to the schools and government institutions.— Godwin Khoza, CEO of the National Education Collaboration Trust