Children will do what their elders do, even killing

2015-11-09 12:10
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Pietermaritzburg - The fatal gang fights and tragic deaths of three KwaZulu-Natal pupils last week have many concerned over the environment children are growing up in.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Education specialist Wayne Hugo said that although violence among teenagers was not unusual due to changing hormones, murders in schools in South Africa were very concerning.

Referring to the Vulindlela Primary School case, Hugo said it was most concerning that a 12-year-old boy had the ability to wield a knife and stab two older boys to death.

“The questions we should ask is how this 12-year-old boy learned how to use a knife and how to kill two boys with it.

“It speaks of children being taught, or experiencing violence often and it is both worrying and concerning.

“It also points to the crumbling moral framework that children are experiencing. That this boy was able to use a knife to kill two boys speaks of a complete lack of moral framework,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Community Policing Forum Youth Board chairperson Lungelo Zulu has put the violence down to the way children are brought up and the environment surrounding them.

Yesterday Zulu issued a statement on the two incidents and said it ran deeper than just pupil-on-pupil violence.

“This instability which manifests itself within schools is birthed within communities, where faction fights, violent assault crimes and abuse within families are the order of the day.

“No child is born violent or prone to violence. Children are shaped by their environments,” said Zulu in the statement.

“The behaviour of pupils is just a reflection of the environment within which they continue to develop and grow.”

He said all instances of school violence should be registered as provincial crises.

“The non-action by the MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni during this time creates a dire perception of a lack of concern about the future leaders of this country.

“A few news interviews or statements expressing sadness at events is inadequate at her level.

“We urge her to take action and to set up a joint intervention team with all stake holders to look into the causes and to find lasting solutions.”

The statement also called for the community safety and liaison department to continue its aggressive oversight to ensure school safety forums are rolled out across all schools in the province.

“We lastly call upon political parties to refrain from turning this matter into a cheap political point-scoring exercise.

“Young lives have been lost and all calls and opinions should be focused on ensuring a safe learning environment for all people and nothing more,” said Zulu.

A statement last Friday by DA MPL Mbali Ntuli said the party expected answers surrounding theissue of security at schools in KZN.

“We are deeply concerned by the rising level of violent and other crimes within KZN schools and will again raise this issue with KZN Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni,” Ntuli said in the statement. “In June a parliamentary reply to questions by the DA revealed almost half of KZN’s schools do not any have any security, with 3 020 schools currently employing a security officer and 2 984 schools with no one in this role. The MEC’s reply also stated that the department’s policy is to provide one post for a security officer to each school in the province and to date, the department has lamented a lack of funds to do so.”

Ntuli said they expected pupils’ safety to be a priority in KZN.

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