TC Esterhuysen Primary school’s learners in Langlaagte, Johannesburg are at risk as the school is located next to a gold mine that has been shut down for years. Parents complain that the school fence is vulnerable and their children’s safety might be compromised as the Zama Zama’s illegally operate at the gold mine.
Sithembile Dakalo who is a concerned parent said, “We are worried about the safety of our children since the Zama Zama’s are operating next to the school and the state of security at the school is worrisome. The school lacks facilities and resources and we need the Department of Education to intervene and assist us”.
The school is well known for its 100 years existence and the rich historical information it has. Steve Mabona who is the spokesperson of the Department of Basic Education said, “The Gauteng Department of Education takes school safety very seriously and has put in place various policies and measures to ensure the safety of all learners, educators and relevant stakeholders in schools. The department has a solid partnership with the South African Police Services (SAPS) aimed at linking schools with local police stations and the establishment of functional school safety committee”.
The spokesperson added that the Langlaagte Police Station is located around the area of the school and about 200 meters away from TC Esterhuysen. The police will assist the school community in identifying and managing risks and threats in and around the school. Mabona concluded, “We are working on improving fencing to curb any unwarranted incidents”.