Two boys stab each other at school ‘plagued by gang violence’

2013-04-22 20:13

Two school boys are in hospital following a stabbing at a Thornville high school near Pietermaritzburg.

KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed that the incident happened at about 7.30am today at Umlulama Secondary.

The police’s Captain Thulani Zwane said it is alleged that the two victims, both 17, were fighting and then stabbed each other on the school premises.

He could not confirm whether the fight was gang-related.

However, a teacher at the school who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity said the school was plagued by gang violence.

“We buried a pupil last year because of these gangs. The fight this morning was also as a result of that. A person from one gang will attack a person from the other side. Then they will react to that. It’s a constant occurrence,” the teacher told City Press.

She said the fights can be as ridiculous as fighting over a pen.

“We are living in fear. We are not safe at all,” she said.

Nkosingiphile Ngcamu (16) was dragged from the school grounds and stabbed several times by other teenagers during break in full view of other pupils in October last year.

Zwane said no arrests have been made but an assault case was opened with the Thornville Police Station.

Both victims were taken to hospital.

City Press understands that school had to be closed following the incident.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education could not be reached for comment.

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