Boy (17) in ICU after stabbing

2013-05-08 00:00

A PUPIL was arrested at Eastwood Secondary School during break yesterday after he allegedly stabbed a school-mate with a pair of scissors.

The victim, Luyanda Mtolo (17), a Grade 12 pupil, is in a stable condition at Medi-Clinic’s Intensive Care Unit.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the stabbing occurred on Monday after school. Luyanda had been walking with friends at the corner of Kingfisher and Table Mountain roads at around 2.45 pm.

The 16-year-old suspect was allegedly strolling behind them.

“Apparently they had a misunderstanding and then the suspect produced a pair of scissors and stabbed Luyanda in the chest,” Jeevan said.

A teacher took Luyanda to Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg by car.

Luyanda’s father, Desmond Mtolo, told The Witness his son almost died because he was bleeding profusely after the attack. He said if it had not been for the teacher who took him to hospital, things would have been worse.

“Luckily [the scissors] didn’t touch his heart. There was extensive internal bleeding and the hospital was busy draining out the blood.”

He said his son was stabbed by the friend of a pupil he had had an altercation with at school. “The school has strict discipline. I think that’s the reason why the pupil waited after school to react and stab Luyanda. When these things happen you can’t blame the school.”

Education Department spokeperson Sihle Mlotshwa said that what was happening in schools reflected what was going on in communities.

“We do all we can as the department to make sure our schools are free of these things, but there’s nothing we can do if communities don’t come on board,” Mlotshwa said.

Two pupils were stabbed by school-mates in a suspected gang attack at Umlulama Secondary, while in Chatsworth a Welbedene Secondary School pupil was stabbed by local gang members in April.

The police confirmed that an Eastwood Secondary School pupil had been detained and would appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

He is facing a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A study released last month by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention found that 22% of children experienced some form of violence at school.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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