Gangs rule school

2018-02-23 06:00

ASCHOOL teacher was severely injured at Bhongweni’s Carl Malcomess High School in Kokstad during an alleged gang-related fight within the school premises on Monday.

Tensions have been ongoing at the school as two rival gangs allegedly fight daily over drugs.

The 34-year-old teacher was hospitalised after being stabbed while trying to break up a fight.

Police spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo confirmed the incident and said no arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing. He said a case of assault with an intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been opened at the Kokstad Police Station.

The school is reported to have two gangs that operate inside it called “Amapara” and “Amatoro”, made up of pupils and non-pupils. Both gangs allegedly sell drugs to other pupils.

According to teachers that Fever spoke to, a gang of about 10 men arrived in a van on Monday during school hours and entered the school grounds after cutting a hole in the fence at the back of the school.

They then allegedly went into classes with pangas and knives.

No pupil was injured during the fight, only the teacher.

The school faced a similar problem last year when a 15-year-old Grade 9 pupil stabbed another 15-year-old boy during school hours.

In 2016, pupils burnt down some classrooms in what many believe was a gang-related incident.

A school governing body (SGB) member, Monde Nondabula, said they believe that the gang that arrived at the school was there to get revenge after an incident that occurred at the weekend in Bhongweni.

He said after the incident they formed a committee made up of police and parents and the SGB to fight social ills at the school.

Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi promised to investigate the matter.

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