Gang violence forces South African students to stay home
CAPETOWN (AFP) - The South African authorities temporarily closed 16 schools in a Cape Town suburb Thursday following a surge in gang violence, keeping some 12,000 children at home.
Spokesman Bronagh Casey said the Western Cape province's education department "made a decision yesterday to close the schools in Manenberg on Thursday and Friday" after teachers expressed fears for their safety.
At least 50 people have been killed in gang-related violence in Capetown's low-income Manenberg suburb - which includes the notorious Cape Flats - in recent weeks.
Many of those killed have reportedly been bystanders.