It’s back to school tomorrow (21 January) for the majority of schools in the Western Cape, and the City of Cape Town will be implementing a new strategy to keep schools safe.
A pilot project was launched at six schools two years ago, and according JP Smith, the City of Cape Town’s Mayco member for Safety and Security, the concept worked but was unaffordable and they were unable to expand the programme using that model.
After funding was provided by Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, 30 candidates were placed on a training programme and will be provided with equipment for the new programme, at a cost of R30 000 per member. they will each be deployed to an assigned school. One of the tasks will be to identify individuals who they consider to be "high-risk" and to montor them. The City of Cape Town's Law Enformentment division will provide support and back-up.
Listen to Kieno Kammies' interview here with JP Smith