Embattled school receives new security camera system

Qonce High School, which has been plagued by numerous break ins, pupils escaping from the premises during school hours and trouble from nearby taverns, has been assisted with the installation of a top-of-the-range security camera system.

KEEPING PUPILS SAFE: King William’s Town police station commander Col Nomvuyo Mrwebi speaks out during the hand-over of 16 CCTV cameras at Qonce High School
Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

The intervention was made by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) through its Liquor Trader’s Facilitation Programme (LTFP).

Cape Town-based Sekika Solutions, which was implementing the LTFP in the Eastern Cape, was responsible for installing the 16 CCTV cameras at the school.

ECLB representative Mgwebi Msiya said they had received a complaint from Mandlakazi Keleku, a member of the portfolio committee, about the situation.

“Pupils allegedly snuck out of the school to go to nearby liquor outlets and an urgent ECLB intervention was sought to address this abhorrent behaviour,” Msiya said.

“ECLB decided the first step would be to install CCTV cameras so as to monitor the movement of the pupils around the school precinct.”

Keleku complimented all those involved in making the initiative a reality and encouraged pupils to concentrate on their education.

King William’s Town police station commander Col Nomvuyo Mrwebi said the police appreciated the cameras, as they would assist them in curbing crime in and around the vicinity.

Qonce SRC member Zintle Lali said: “Thank you Liquor Board for securing our safety and giving us a new name to the world and comforting us by knowing that we are very safe now.”

Qonce principal Mvumikazi Mqingwana said the school was very grateful for the new safety measures at the school, saying the school had suffered numerous breaks in the past.

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