Lindiwe Zulu calls for tougher laws to protect children at school

Lindiwe Zulu calls for tougher laws to protect children at school

- Lindiwe Zulu has called for tougher laws against school violence

- The minister also said that families and communities should play a bigger role on teaching children values

- She said that government could support this but that it should start at home

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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says there need to be tougher laws to protect children while they are school.

Her comments come in the wake of the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old Forest Hill High School.

Zulu blamed the violence in schools on the glorification of gangster culture.

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The stabbing incident has gripped headlines in recent days. In addition to the pupil who died, two others are recovering from stab wounds. A 19-year-old, also a Forest High pupil, has been arrested in connection with the attack.

The incident is believed to have been gang-related, according to Eyewitness News.

To counteract the high levels of violence in many schools, Zulu said tougher laws need to be implemented. Additionally, she said that families and communities in general needed to do more to instill values in the youth.

She insisted that these values should be taught at home from a young age. Zulu said that government could play a supporting role in this endeavor, but that families should be the primary source of these values.

The minister also condemned what she sees as society's glorification of gang life.

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Zulu admitted that tackling school violence would be a tough task, but said that her department was looking at ways to change policy and "translate that into action," has gathered.

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