Shot pupil died a hero, says mother

2014-11-18 00:00

THE mother of the boy killed in the Umsilinga shooting said her son was a hero who died protecting his friend.

Portia Nakile said her son, Akhona Nakile (15), died a hero when he was shot and killed while trying to protect his friend, Lindokuhle Thabethe (15), last Wednesday.

Nakile bitterly condemned violence in schools and said parents need to be mindful of where they leave their weapons at home.

Barely retaining composure, Nakile described her son as a wonderful boy who died too soon.

“Wow, what a nice guy. All he wanted was to be a pilot,” she said.

Nakile met with the KZN head of Education, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, yesterday when he arrived at Umsilinga Primary to address pupils and teachers on violence in schools.

Sishi said the department had put policies in place last year in an attempt to decrease violence in schools.

“There are 4 000 schools in KZN that have been allocated security support systems plus additional security.

“We have seen the numbers decrease in these crimes [violence in schools] but there is a lot more work to be done to make children feel safe,” said Sishi.

He stressed that it was important community leaders do more to stabilise the community and the “social ills”, as violence was not an educational issue but a social issue.

“We have signed an agreement with the Department of Community Safety and Liaison and SAPS so all schools are linked to police stations.

“Statistics and trends can be analysed and understood to anticipate and quell all incidents of violence.”

KZN acting chief education specialist Nomhle Zondi said pupils all over the province were angry.

“Social ills at schools are really bad. Sometimes it is a result of violence at home or drugs at home or pupils are just angry.”

Zondi said the department had been at Umsilinga Primary the whole of Thursday and Friday counselling pupils and teachers.

“It was hard for pupils. They were crying in class and around the school grounds,” he said.

The department had planned counselling for the parents of the slain boy as well as Lindokuhle, who is out of ICU and recovering from the shooting.


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