The electronic and printed media carry many reports on incidents where learners
or other persons cause damage, injury or even death at public schools. There is
also disturbing information on the possession and use of drugs by learners.
During 2006 the Minister of Education announced a review of the current regulations
providing for safety measures in schools. The minister hinted, inter alia, at
greater powers of search. At the time of writing of this contribution (March
2007) no such regulations had been promulgated. The two existing sets of
regulations, namely, “Regulations for safety measures at public schools” (GG
22754 dated 2001-10-12) and “Regulations relating to safety measures at independent
schools” (GG 26663 dated 2004-08-20) are, to say the least, not models
of drafting excellence and are clearly in need of thorough review. The two sets
are basically identical – which also raises the question why a single instrument
could not have been promulgated in which the few differences between public
schools and independent schools could have been accommodated.