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PROACTIVE OVERSIGHT FOR SCHOOL SAFETY AS ACADEMIC YEAR RESUMES  

As the 2024 academic year kicks off, Chairperson of the Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safey, Honourable Dr. Bandile Masuku, has pledged his Committee’s commitment to exercising proactive oversight on all role players in the education system for optimum safety at Gauteng schools. 

In the recent years, teachers at different Gauteng schools have had to contend with sporadic incidents of crime, substance use and violence among learners. In other instances, adult intruders gained access into the schools, which threatened the safety of all on the premises given the perpetrators’ unknown intentions for entering the schools. 

Hon. Masuku said, working collaboratively with relevant Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) departments, law enforcement agencies, communities, and other relevant role players, his Committee would oversee that all necessary measures are put in place to ensure the safety of teachers and learners at all school across the province. 

He emphasized collaboration and active citizenry among different role players as key determinants for successful efforts at making school safety a success, as “no single party or entity has all the solutions”. 

The committee is yet to present a Focus Intervention Study (FIS) report on the implementation of school safety regulations to the Provincial Legislature. 

Meanwhile, Hon. Masuku thanked outgoing top cop, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela for his “outstanding service to the people of Gauteng during his tenure as Gauteng Police Commissioner”. Lt. Gen. Mawela has left his position as the province’s top cop, which he took-up at the beginning of 2019. 

Acknowledging the amount of respect that Lt. Gen. Mawela had for the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) and the people of the province, Hon. Masuku said, “as the Committee we are saddened by the departure of a legend as he has gotten accustomed to being known. He served the citizens of South Africa by keeping us safe, and by preventing crime. 

Crime is a big challenge in our society, and the prevalent socioeconomic factors such as poverty and unemployment only perpetuate it.  We know that for as long as these factors remain, there is little we can do to eradicate crime in our society,” Hon. Masuku continued. 

He thanked Lt. Gen. Mawela for “eternal lessons learned from him of how to serve the people with dedication, humility and resilience”.  

“When our world was seized with a deadly pandemic that claimed countless lives across the world, Lt. Gen. Mawela was besides us coming up with strategies to curb the spread of Coronavirus,” he said. 

Quoting an unnamed poet from the apartheid struggle era, Hon. Masuku extended these words to Lt. Gen. Mawela: “Now is the time to give me roses, not to keep them for my grave to come. Give them to me while my heart beats, give them to me today while my heart yearns for jubilee. General Mawela, here are your roses,” Hon. Masuku continued. 

He urged the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng to build on the foundation laid by their outgoing General to “intensify and improve the fight against crime”.

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Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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