He planned a massacre …

2008-08-19 00:00

Johannesburg — Morné Harmse (18), who allegedly killed a fellow pupil with a sword on Monday, planned a blood bath.

Shaun Collins (17), one of Harmse’s friends in matric at the Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp, said yesterday that Harmse told him and other friends what he planned to do.

“He wanted to wait until the children assembled in the hall and then kill them.

“He used the word ‘massacre’; I understood he meant a bloodbath.”

Minutes before the assembly began, Harmse, wearing a mask, pulled out a samurai sword and slashed open 16-year-old Jacques Pretorius’s aorta.

He then walked around the school and injured three other people — employees Sam Namamela (43) and Joseph Kodisang (26), and grade 11 pupil Stephan Bouwer (18).

Shaun spoke of how he and his group of friends saw Harmse “losing it”.

Shortly after Shaun arrived at school at about 7.10 am, three of his friends came to him and said Harmse’s “head isn’t right”.

When Shaun and the others got to Harmse, he was already wearing his mask — similar to the one worn by Corey Taylor, lead singer of U.S. heavy metal band Slipknot.

Harmse was arranging three swords in his belt, and putting on gloves.

Shaun said Harmse made the mask about three weeks before the attack.

“At first we thought he was joking, but then we saw a bomb in his right hand.”

Apparently Harmse has been making bombs since last year.

“We kept our distance … because we were really scared of him. I told him to put down the bomb, but he refused. I took the bomb from his hand and threw it away. It didn’t do anything.

“The whole time Morné was speaking with a weird voice, almost like the Joker’s voice in [The Dark Kinight] Batman [film].

“He kept saying things like, ‘Today I’m going to do it. Today is the massacre.’”

Shaun said Max Brechlin (18) also put on a mask at Harmse’s insistence.

The next moment Harmse turned to Shaun and said, “Do you want to see something cool?”

Then he pulled out his sword and hacked Jacques, who was walking past with a group of pupils, to death.

“That sword was as blunt as a butter knife. I couldn’t believe the force with which he struck. It was a very deep wound,” said Shaun.

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