JA Nel schoolboys in drug bust

20 March 2017 | Crime

The police at Keetmanshoop on Thursday arrested three pupils of the JA Nel Secondary School after allegedly seizing about 50 grams of dagga from them.

One of the boys, a 19-year-old, was later released due to a lack of evidence. The other two, both aged 17, were charged with drug smuggling and possession of drugs respectively.

The suspects, who are in Grades 9 and 10, cannot be named because they are minors.

The two were released into the care of their guardians following a brief appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Thursday afternoon.

The police's //Karas regional commander, Commissioner Rudolf Isaak, said the dagga was found in their pockets and schoolbags during a mass search of learners.

He said the police had received information that boys were dealing in drugs at the school.

“We dispatched a team, locked down the school and found the cannabis,” he said.

Police also confiscated a number of dangerous weapons from the suspects and other learners at the school. Seven pocket knives, a pistol top cover and several broken mirror pieces were found.

Broken bottle-necks used for smoking dagga were also seized.

Isaak said violence and drug-dealing on school grounds were serious offences and he called on parents and guardians to discipline their children.

“Parents should not forget their parental responsibility to reprimand their children; they cannot leave it in the hands of teachers,” he said.

He also warned pupils of that school and others that the police would leave no stone unturned to rid the region of drugs and crime.

More police operations at schools and in communities would follow, Isaak promised.

“The community expects from us to protect their lives and property and we will spare no effort to deal with offenders properly through the processes of the law,” he said.

Drug-dealing and violent crime are nothing new at JA Nel, a resident living near the school remarked to Nampa.

“Teachers are scared of the children. The children swear at them and bring weapons with which they threaten teachers or scratch their cars,” the resident said.

On the same day as the drug raid, police were called back to the school to break up a violent fight between two pupils.

Regional director of education

/Awebahe //Hoeseb said the directorate would make a statement after a thorough investigation.


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