SPECIAL REPORT | Kill or be killed: this is the reality for these kids
Teachers go beyond the call of duty to keep them on the straight and narrow. Will it ever be enough?
Crystal High School’s Grade 11 head, Jerome Steyn, has seen it all. Based at the Hanover Park school in the heart of the Cape’s ganglands for 30 years, being a teacher to children who often spend their nights waging gun battles, is not for the faint-hearted.
It was in this area where, three weeks ago, 11 people were shot in 72 hours. Three were killed, while the injured included a five-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy.
“There are those kids who’ll say to you, ‘Sir, please speak a little less because I was out shooting all night last night’. He himself was shooting, he handled a firearm. He tells you that,” Steyn told Sunday Times Daily. ..