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South African children are not safe at school. The President has the power to change this!

Dear Mr President,

Our children are not safe at school. Daily reports are received of learners falling prey to crime, drugs and gangsterism, and abuse at the hands of their teachers and other staff.

You can change this by committing to ensuring that:

  1. SACE has enough staff and resources to vet all teachers and investigate abuse by teachers;
  2. Enough SAPS resources are available to patrol and protect our schools from crime and gangs;
  3. The Department of Social Development properly maintains the Child Protection Register, and that every teacher is checked against it for previous cases;
  4. The Department of Justice keeps the Sexual Offenders Register up to date, and that every teacher is checked against it for previous convictions;
  5. Your government supports our call to have key school staff declared an essential service so that children are not unsupervised at school;
  6. You bring together national and provincial departments to fix the unsafe infrastructure in our schools, especially the dangerous pit toilets that so many learners are forced to use; and
  7. A Safe Schools call centre (designed by Western Cape: 0800 45 46 47) is established in every province.

You have the power to make our national Ministers of Basic Education, Police, Social Development and Justice take action, and we are relying on you to step up and protect our children.

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Dear Mr President,

Our children are not safe at school. Daily reports are received of learners falling prey to crime, drugs and gangsterism, and abuse at the hands of their teachers and other staff.

You can change this by committing to ensuring that:

  1. SACE has enough staff and resources to vet all teachers and investigate abuse by teachers;
  2. Enough SAPS resources are available to patrol and protect our schools from crime and gangs;
  3. The Department of Social Development properly maintains the Child Protection Register, and that every teacher is checked against it for previous cases;
  4. The Department of Justice keeps the Sexual Offenders Register up to date, and that every teacher is checked against it for previous convictions;
  5. Your government supports our call to have key school staff declared an essential service so that children are not unsupervised at school;
  6. You bring together national and provincial departments to fix the unsafe infrastructure in our schools, especially the dangerous pit toilets that so many learners are forced to use; and
  7. A Safe Schools call centre (designed by Western Cape: 0800 45 46 47) is established in every province.

You have the power to make our national Ministers of Basic Education, Police, Social Development and Justice take action, and we are relying on you to step up and protect our children.