Two held for pupil’s murder

2009-04-02 00:00

POLICE have arrested two men in their 20s for the murder of a grade 9 pupil stabbed during his lunchbreak at Amakholwa High School in Sinathingi.

The Witness reported that Nhlanhla Buthelezi (17) died in his sister’s arms after being stabbed three times by two intruders believed to be brothers. She is also a pupil at the school.

One of the suspects is said to be a grade 11 pupil at the school, while his brother is reportedly a former pupil.

Buthelezi’s death was allegedly meant to silence him after a drug lord left a message for the grade 11 pupil.

The pupil allegedly sells drugs for him at the school, but had been away from school for three weeks still owing the drug lord R500.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said police made headway after an intelligence-driven operation in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The suspects, 21 and 24 years of age, were arrested in the Tafuleni area of Sinathingi.

They will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal department of Education has denied an allegation that it had failed to act after being made aware of the drug problem at the school, which is reported to have been behind the death of Buthelezi.

In a letter to The Witness, former school governing body (SGB) member Reverend Silver Mkhize said the department was made aware of the drug situation at the school.

“I believe that if the police were called in last week this death could have been prevented,” Mkhize told The Witness.

He claims the SGB and leaders of the community approached school management as well as the department of Education five years ago, when he was still a member, with important safety measures they felt were critical for the violence-prone school.

He said that the board and school leaders had asked for additional security guards and the introduction of random searches conducted by the police.

He added that if these measures had been implemented “we would not be in the situation we are in today”.

However, department spokesman Ntokozo Maphisa said no communication about a drug problem had been received.


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