Cigarettes, Marijuana, and Others Found On Basic School Students In Gauteng -PHOTOS

Cigarettes, Marijuana, and Others Found On Basic School Students In Gauteng -PHOTOS
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Cigarettes, Marijuana, and Others Found On Basic School Students In Gauteng -PHOTOS

South Africa has struggled with a high crime rate for decades due to crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. While crime has decreased across the country as a whole, it remains a serious issue in particular areas.

One recent initiative to decrease crime is the search of Hoerskool Stoffberg, a school in the Springs area of Ekurhuleni, by the EMPD’s Social Crime Prevention Unit on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

This operation was part of a bigger initiative to investigate schools across the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng after a huge quantity of illegal substances was detected in recent weeks.

To combat and ultimately eliminate student cannabis use, the EMPD is collaborating with other law enforcement agencies. Several institutions of higher learning have been pegged as potential hubs for the distribution and sale of illegal substances, putting students in danger and adding to the nationwide rise in criminality.

Upon searching Hoerskool Stoffberg, police discovered a small quantity of dagger and several electronic cigarettes. These problems may at first glance seem inconsequential, but they actually pose a bigger risk to the health and safety of the kids and must be addressed.

It is encouraging to see the EMPD taking steps to prevent criminality on school grounds, since this demonstrates the agency’s commitment to making schools in South Africa safer for pupils. Yet, criminality in the country is a major problem beyond the safety of the school’s grounds.

Both violent and property crimes are prevalent in South Africa, which has one of the world’s highest crime rates. While law enforcement and other stakeholders are making strides to reduce crime, more has to be done to address the root causes of crime, such as poverty, inequality, and unemployment.

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