Gang violence forces Western Cape schools closure

A spate of gang violence has forced education officials in South Africa's Western Cape Province to close 16 schools for two days.

The decision to close the schools was made after teachers said they feared for their safety.

In a statement, the Western Cape Government said: "Since the outbreak of gang violence in Manenberg, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has directed a great deal of resources and support to the area.

"The WCED is doing all it can to protect learners and educators in school but it is unfortunately unable to ensure peace and safety within the community."

At least 50 people are reported to have been wounded or killed after being shot in areas of Cape Town's Manenberg suburb in recent weeks.

"Our learners' and educators' safety remains our primary concern, along with the longer term loss of teaching and learning time," the Western Cape Government's statement added.

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