Three stabbed at a high school in Maphumulo

2015-11-11 06:01

THE Maphumulo SAPS are investigating a case of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm after a fight broke out at Ukukhanyakwezwe High School, in Maphumulo, last Wednesday.

It is believed the fight involved pupils from grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 and three of them were allegedly stabbed during the incident.

“They were taken to hospital for medical attention. A 19-year-old male was arrested. He will appear in court soon,” said KZN SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane, speaking about the three who were reportedly stabbed.

School principal, Mrs Makhunga refused to comment on the matter after the Stanger Weekly made several attempts to communicate with her.

Maphumulo deputy mayor, who is also the ward councillor of the area where the school is located, Phumlani Mbonambi said though most pupils are tense since some of those allegedly implicated in the incident are still at large, the situation is under control and pupils were busy writing their examinations on Tuesday morning.

He said the three victims are still in hospital and the one suspect is in police custody.

He said another important intervention is that a meeting should be held with traditional leaders to ensure that conflicts that erupt in the community do not flow into school premises.

According to Mbonambi, an incident of this nature happens too often.

He said last year several meetings were held in an effort to resolve differences between factions that reside in the area - namely the Ndabas and the Mzulwinis.

MEC for the Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu was part of these meetings which culminated with a crime summit earlier this year, said Mbonambi.

“The persistence of such incidents means the school would end up being closed and this means the future of our children is doomed because education is the future. Parents must be responsible and ensure that their children go to school to learn. We are appealing for calm to ensure that the teaching and learning process is not disturbed,” said Mbonambi.

In the wake of such violent incidents in certain schools in KZN including Ukukhanyakwezwe, Mbonambi said a prayer meeting will be held on Thursday, at the Nyamazane Hill.

The incident occurred at a time when there has been a number of similar cases reported in different schools throughout the province.

Last week, the Stanger Weekly published a story about a rivalry between two groups which culminated with the stabbing of a pupil in Thukela High School in Mandeni.

In other news, two pupils were stabbed to death at Vulindlela Primary School, in Newcastle, after an argument allegedly ensued among three Grade 7 pupils, last Thursday.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old pupil from Hlamvana High School, in Esikhaleni, was stabbed to death last Tuesday allegedly by an unknown suspect.

It is believed all the above cases are still being investigated as there has been no further update from the SAPS.

KZN Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni strongly condemned these incidents. “Pupils are once again urged not to bring dangerous weapons to schools and disrupt learning because of unrelated conflicts that may exist. Those who fail to adhere with school safety rules will be dealt with accordingly,” said Ngobeni.

She urged parents to adopt a hands-on approach to ensure that their children, pupils, do not carry weapons to school.

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