Stabbing at Carl Malcomess High

2017-09-08 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoAt the school (from left) GKM speaker Zolani Mhlongo, SGB member Ntomboxolo Mqikela and Monde Nondabula.

Photo: siphelele nketoAt the school (from left) GKM speaker Zolani Mhlongo, SGB member Ntomboxolo Mqikela and Monde Nondabula.

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SCHOOL governing body members at the troubled Carl Malcomess High in Kokstad rescued a 15-year-old Grade 9 pupil from angry pupils who wanted to take revenge after he stabbed another 15-year-old pupil in the classroom on Thursday.  

The incident allegedly happened when both pupils argued about laughing at each other, and as a result one pupil was stabbed with a knife in front of fellow pupils.

When Fever arrived at the school, the stabbed pupil was being taken to EG and Usher Memorial Hospital in a stable condition. He was released on the Friday.

Shortly after the stabbed pupil was taken away the pupil, who is accused of the alleged stabbing, was taken to the principal’s office for safety as pupils­ wanted to hurt him.

The school is in Bhongweni Township where violence, drug dealing and harassment happens every day.

The school governing body visited the school accompanied by Greater Kokstad Municipality speaker Zolani Mhlongo a few hours after the stabbing.
They met with the principal to try to find an amicable solution to the incident.
The principal refused to talk to the media, but sources at the school told Fever that the misbehaviour of pupils is high, and as a result pupils carry knives to school.

A Department of Education spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo said the incident is shocking and asked parents to play a part in bringing to stability to the school.

SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said no case has been opened with SAPS, but condemned the incident.

A video of a Carl Malcomess teacher beating a pupil with a cane surfaced on social media last week.
SGB member, Monde Nondabula, confirmed that the teacher in the video had resigned.
Khuzwayo also condemned the assault of pupils by teachers and said corporal punishment was banned a long time ago.

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