Thukela High School student stabbed

2015-11-04 06:00

A PUPIL was stabbed when a fight broke out between two gangs at Thukela High School last Thursday.

This is according to Sundumbili spokesperson Lieutenant Gideon Mthethwa.

“On Thursday, 29 October, one pupil, aged 18, was stabbed inside the school premises. He was stabbed allegedly by a member of a gang that goes by the name of ‘amaRazo’,” Mthethwa said.

He said, the victim is apparently the leader of another gang that goes by the name of “amaGroovers”.

“The victim was rushed to the Sundumbili Clinic where he received stitches on his wounds and was allowed to return to his home on the same day. A case has been opened with the Sundumbili SAPS however, no suspects have been arrested and investigations are ongoing,” Mthethwa said.

According to Mthethwa, 16 pupils were involved in the incident and they have been suspended from school.

Deputy chairperson of the school governing body, Mr Buthelezi confirmed that a pupil was stabbed on school premises last Thursday.

He said he cannot comment on the incident as all he is aware of is what was discussed in an urgent meeting that convened on Monday.

“The school governing body was not aware of conflicting groups within the school. All we knew is that the students are studying and following school rules,” said Buthelezi.

He said there are pupils from other schools who were involved in the incident but these pupils were asked by Thukela High School pupils to take part.

Buthelezi said the meeting that was held on Monday was attended by school staff, the governing body and the police.

He said it was decided at that meeting the students that are implicated in the incident should be suspended.

“As far as know, calm has been restored at the school and students are peacefully writing their matric final exams,” Buthelezi said.

Lieutenant Mthethwa said Thukela High School is one of the oldest schools in the Mandeni area and it was at some point celebrated for its grade 12 results.

He said the conflict broke out between two groups, one known as “amaRazo” and the other is known as “amaGroovers”.

“These two groups are two dance groups, according to the members. Apparently, once school is out these groups compete over who buys the most alcohol and who has the most girlfriends,” Mthethwa said.

He said it is not the first time that an incident of this nature occurred at the school.

According to Mthethwa, on 26 October another grade 10 pupil, who is reportedly the leader of the “amaRazo” group, was stabbed in the back allegedly by members of the “amaGroovers” lot.

“That pupil was also rushed to the Sundumbili Clinic where he received medical attention. A case was opened however, no suspect has been arrested,” Mthethwa said.

Thukela High School principal Mr Mhlongo denied that the two incidents happened at the school.

Speaking to the Stanger Weekly on Tuesday morning he said the pupils were peacefully writing their matric final exams.

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