n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - What cannot be endured must be cured : untying the gordian knot of violence in South African schools

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Alarmist as it may sound, some South African schools are increasingly beginning to resemble war zones. Almost on a daily basis new reports appear regarding the escalation of violence in schools. Furthermore, there seems to be a "spectacular" lack of decisive leadership in the war against runaway crime in schools. It has become clear that all schools are not free to teach and all pupils not free to learn.

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