29 pupils stabbed at Western Cape schools

2012-07-26 11:30

Cape Town - Twenty-nine pupils have been stabbed on school grounds in the Western Cape in the first half of the year, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Times reported that most of these stabbings were at the hands of fellow pupils.

Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson Bronagh Casey said one of the stabbings, at Beauvallon Secondary School in Valhalla Park, was fatal.

"This year we have had 18 stabbings where the learners have been seriously wounded, and 11 cases where it has resulted in minor injuries," she told the newspaper.

"Unfortunately in communities where gangsterism is prominent, it can sometimes spill into our schools."

She said the department's Safe Schools programme was tackling the problem, with interventions including conflict management and substance abuse help.

Core security infrastructure had been placed at 209 identified schools and 50 additional schools would receive this protection soon.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-07-26 12:21

    In the UK inner Cities pupils enter schools through metal detectors and security personal are always present. Pupils are also not allowed to leave the school during the school day. Plus, each school has a police community liason officer whom the pupils and the teachers know. This system is working and should be used by all schools in areas where gangs operate. The UK has similar gang related problems with its stabbings, so far this year there has been 33 stabbings by teenagers on their peers in London alone. All of this, as in CT, is allied to the drug trade and high youth unemployment.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-26 12:37

      I like your comment and the solution to the problem. I wish we could put aside politics and start giving the matter the seriousness and urgency it deserves. Whether its WC or EC, it requires urgent attention.

  • mahlangu.bobo - 2012-07-26 12:22

    This is insane. It should be a state of emergency and SANDF or Specialised Violent police unit be despatched in the area. The ANC and DA should stop playing political games with People's lives. This is an urgent matter.

  • Michael - 2012-07-26 12:29

    In order to tackle the problem we need to understand more about it - some clever person said that recently. So, let's try and isolate the demographic on this thing - How about the perpetrators in 100% of these cases were young men of colour in the age group 15 to 25 Ok, now to start working on a solution...

      matthys.wessels.7 - 2012-07-26 14:52


  • Bongeka - 2012-07-26 12:30

    This is about poor pupils getting stabbed at schools and people are worried about which province this happens and even worse,which part of that province and who is the majority in that part? Can we forget about politics just once and concentrate at the task at hand?Lives are getting lost and pupils are getting injured and we need a solution to stop that, but old people who read news n News24 and comment on those articles are only worried about ANC and DA cheap politicks point scoring. PLEASE GROW UP PEOPLE AND FOCUS ON THE BETTERMENT OF THIS COUNTRY.NOBODY IS PERFECT,JUST REMEMBER THAT.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-26 12:31

    It is a significant improvement

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-07-26 12:31

    Western Cape is in trouble. DA is really failing to run just one province? So much for talking and now Failing!!! I thing people can now prove for themselves.....I'm disappointed

      Johan De Beer - 2012-07-26 13:20

      Nice try

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-26 13:40

      Sean does your mom knows what a misinformed idiot you are? I guess she does.

      reinhard.gunter.9 - 2012-07-26 13:51

      Wow really sean?? The cancer is still in charge of the country,the DA can't bring back the death penalty or change the law of the country. Do you really believe that this only happens in WC schools? No!! In my opinion there will be the same or even more stabbings in the Gauteng area amongst school children/gangs,but they never give the stats,maybe because there is to much!!!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-26 14:09

      Reinhard you are wasting your time explaining to that fool who runs the country, who makes the law and that the Police, justice and the army are national departments. Rest your thumbs brother.

      nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-05 10:24

      Don't make us compare the Western Cape to the rest of the country you retard!

  • Siphiwo - 2012-07-26 12:44

    Bardy, no, Iam not a racist and never will be. And I wonder why you even talk about race when school kids in your area, right under your nose, are being stabbed. Are you tell me here that, these kids are blacks and coloured only? And your white kids are saints in the suburbs? Please Bardy, have your brains tested my brother. We must do something to help and protect our kids irrespective of colour. That is a statement.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-26 12:51

      I never mentioned any colour!!! Why do you keep on with that??? I never said anything about white, coloured or black kids FFS! Your mentality seems to be on the wrong path my friend...

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-26 14:05

      Siphiwo, pls don't debate with racist like Clinton. To his type its okay when non-whites die violently. Don't say you NEVER mentioned colour Clinton, because you did. Fact is, you are a racist. \Hey, facts are facts... And there are many coloureds and blacks in...\

      gareth.perkins.52 - 2012-07-26 14:15

      @Bardy LOL

  • Siphiwo - 2012-07-26 12:47

    Took.loosh, you are talking with both sides of your mouth here buddy. It was Bardy who mentioned flats and informal settlements, and not me. Read before you open your mouth.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-07-26 12:51


  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-26 12:57

    Congratulation ZILLE the Primier of Hooligans

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-26 13:38

      and you are the "primier" of bad spelling... break your keyboard on your face!

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-26 13:45

      Ha Ha Random! Wish I could watch that..

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-26 13:52

      Since you are calling each and every person in the Western Cape a hooligan, tell me what do you call yourself who live in the rest of this ill messed up country lead by JZ? Begin by stating what an idiot you are.

      nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-05 10:26

      The only hooligan around here is you, you stupid gypsy.

  • el.torro.509 - 2012-07-26 14:22

    This is really really sad, why are we betraying our children this way, firstly we allow our schools to go without basics like books and chairs but now we allow them to become places of violence. The government both local and national needs to re-evaluate their spending, every last cent should be poured into educational facilities and actually spent on the kids. But no bmws and mercs are much more important.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-18 16:23

    When you grow up in an environment of "jou ma se p$#s, ek steek jou vrek" then what else can be expected.

  • vuyo.mdutyana.7 - 2012-10-24 10:32

    I'm utterly shocked and disturbed by these news.What are the authority doing to curb this behaviour? what is the role of the community in fighting crime?

  • Sias Maree - 2013-03-20 10:46

    Why is there a white hand on the photo????

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