Inchanga pupil shot in school grounds during break

2010-01-21 00:00

THE small community of Inchanga near Cato Ridge was shocked yesterday morning when a pupil was shot in the knee during break time in the grounds of one of the local high schools.

Nkosinathi Mtolo (19), who is in grade 10, was shot at Siphesihle High School as the pupils were leaving for break.

Police said the shooter is possibly another pupil.

A man who owns a nearby shop said the school was abuzz with activity as police lights flashed and ambulance sirens wailed.

Witnesses said they had noticed three men who are not pupils at the school waiting inside the school premises.

One of them was armed and fired a shot, wounding Mtolo in the knee.

It is believed that Mtolo limped to the staff room, with his assailant hot on his heels, although he later withdrew from the chase as a commotion started after teachers realised a pupil had been injured.

Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said Mtolo had been the target although the motive is not clear at this stage.

The Witness has established that while the school does not have a security guard, the gates are opened at break time.

A parent of two pupils and a member of the school governing body (SGB) said security is one of the issues that the newly appointed SGB has been discussing since the school is plagued by vandalism.

A group of matric pupils at the school said they were traumatised by the incident, but that even worse, nothing has been officially announced about the shooting.

The pupils all said they knew Mtolo. Some were in the same class with him.

“We all saw him injured, it was terrible,” said one.

“He is one of the nicest people around … and would never hurt anybody.”

Education Department spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa said it is a relief that the “life of the learner was spared” and that he hopes the assailants will be apprehended soon.

Mdunge said a case of attempted murder was opened and that the suspect is still at large.

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