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School Violence

South African society has become increasingly violent.

Drug and alcohol usage amongst teenagers is massively on the increase. In 2007, Independent Online presented research that one in three South African teenagers is using substances. Schools are increasingly becoming centres of violence and hurt, rather than healthy breeding grounds for our future leaders.


News Articles about School Violence in South Africa

NWU students held for arson September 3, 2008
Four students have been arrested for arson at the North West University's Mafikeng campus following protests at the institution, police said on Wednesday. Captain Sabatha Mokgwabone said two were arrested for allegedly setting the university warden's house alight, the other two for burning a guard house on the campus on Tuesday. They would likely appear in court on Thursday. Full Story »

School violence 'due to social ills' August 26 2008
Johannesburg - The spate of senseless killings by pupils in South Africa was a result of a web of social, cultural and religious ills, the Commission for the Promotion of Rights of Religious, Cultural and linguistic Communities said on Tuesday. Full Story »

Schoolboy held for having gun August 22, 2008
A 17-year-old boy was arrested after being found in possession of an unlicenced firearm at a school in Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg police said on Friday. Full Story »

School violence rife in KZN August 21 2008
Kwazulu-Natal has the highest percentage of pupils (49,4 percent) reporting theft at secondary schools and the third-highest percentage of pupils reporting sexual assault, with 3,8 percent being abused at school. Full Story »

School violence erupts in Gauteng August 19 2008
As the country reels from a shocking sword attack at a Krugersdorp high school on Monday, violence has since erupted at other schools in Gauteng. Full Story »

Reitz doors officially closed July 31, 2008
The Reitz men's residence at the University of the Free State (UFS) closed it doors on Wednesday as a result of a racist video, filmed by residents, that surfaced at the university earlier in 2008. Full Story »

Teacher charged for burning pupils July 30, 2008
A Gauteng teacher who allegedly tortured children at a Sebokeng primary school has been charged with assault, the provincial education department said on Tuesday. Full Story »

Heads meet after top schools rugby brawl July 29, 2008
My colleague MEC (Whitey) Jacobs is leading a campaign arising out of the tragic death of Riaan Loots to rid the sport of violence and thuggery. Loots died after being injured in an ill-tempered match between his team, Rawsonville Rugby Club, and Delicious Rugby Club from Ceres, in June 2006. Full Story »

Principals to face cane for school violence March 17 2008
Principals at schools with high levels of violence where the number of incidents are not reduced could face serious sanctions, or be fired. Full Story »

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