Mayor condemns school 'bully' shooting

2012-11-21 18:00

Johannesburg - The mayor of Ekurhuleni has condemned a school-ground shooting that claimed the life of a Vosloorus pupil this week.

"This is an extremely shocking incident, and it could not have come at a worse time, considering that the children are writing their final examination," Mayor Mondli Gungubele said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Such [conduct] cannot be tolerated in our schools."

He said the Gauteng department of education was working to quickly bring the school back to normal, to allow examinations to be concluded.

Gungubele said parents, community organisations, churches, political parties and young people should come together to confront problems faced by students.


An 18-year-old Grade 11 pupil shot and killed his fellow student at Phineas Xulu Secondary School, in Vosloorus, Boksburg, on Tuesday.

The firearm belonged to his mother, a metro police officer.

The 18-year-old was allegedly bullied by the late student, a Grade 10 pupil, and two other boys who had stolen his cap and cellphone the previous day.

The youth shot dead the Grade 10 pupil in class on Tuesday.

The Grade 11 pupil will appear in the Vosloorus Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face charges of murder and possession of a firearm.

  • Benjamin - 2012-11-21 18:16

    Well said Mr Mayor! You are a community leader with influence and resources at your disposal. Don't you think you should do a bit more than state the obvious?

  • connie.baiao - 2012-11-21 18:21

    Mr Mayor, maybe the Education Department should take cases of bullying more seriously and let the schools take appropriate action before the bullied child feels cornered and his only way out of a bullying situation is violence!! Previously, schools were allowed to decide on expulsion for offenders and now, the Education Dept has to approve the schools request for expulsion. My child is currently going through this at school and the offender is a repeat offender. The school has submitted up to 5 requests to have this particular bully expelled but the Dept response is "he is not a danger to other kids" .... bear in mind that he and a group of other boys beat my son (age 11) in a classroom resulting in physical injuries and we have had to resort to laying criminal charges against these boys as the Education Dept won't do anything!!! And they say he is not a danger to kids?!?!?! Could this possibly be another one of these cases where eventually the accused had just had enough??

      Msika - 2012-11-22 07:28

      Maybe your child will get courage from this and deal with the problem like this boy did (since the school and the dept is not helping)...I am not the one who condone violence, but I hate bullies, they make life very difficult for their victims (Talking from experience). The deceased here got what he deserves.

      connie.baiao - 2012-11-22 15:20

      msika.gama.5 ... we are dealing with the issue without the help of the Education Dept. We have laid criminal charges of assault and will let it run the process through the SAPS and Juvenile courts. I do not condone bullying or any form of violence and it is not something I want to teach my child. Trust me, when it happened I was fuming and a lot of people told me they would go to the school and take care of the boys or that I should confront and threaten the culprits. I will not do that as that would make me as bad as they are and a big bully!! Instead, I am showing my kids that there are legal ways to deal with situations and there is help elsewhere.

  • - 2012-11-21 18:28

    "Gauteng department of education was working to quickly bring the school back to normal" - based on the education dept. track record I wonder what is their baseline for quick is ?

  • Jason - 2012-11-21 18:50

    Shouldn't the Honourable Mayor have condemned BOTH the shooting AND all acts of bullying at schools?

      Jackie White - 2012-11-22 06:40

      Exactly!! nobody knows the trauma a kid goes through from eing bullied it scars them for life!! If schools paid more attention to it, it would make a difference!! i done condone the killing but understand the boys sad!

      Msika - 2012-11-22 07:30

      Agreed!! It just shows you what type of a moron the "Honorable" Mayer is.

  • melt.olckers - 2012-11-21 19:11

    Sometimes it seems like the only option left when teachers ignore the plight of those being bullied. The solution to this is to stop bullying.

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-11-21 19:15

    I wonder how many school bullies have given up in the last week?

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-21 19:31

    luckily this bully was the only one shot and he didn't drive this person to let rip. besides stabbings and assaults go on in the schools constantly. Condem the bullies and the bullying, not the person person being tortured and victimised.

  • Happyness - 2012-11-21 19:54

    I also condem it. I stand by my earlier comment that a 16/ 17 year old boy did not deserve to die over this. I previously stated that some jail time (over the cellphone) was probably suffice. Bullying is no joke, and murder isn't either.

  • rodger.synclair - 2012-11-21 20:02

    Such a shame that this child decided to shoot the alleged bully. I also reasonably assume with a firearm that he stole from his mother? He has technically also destroyed his mother's life... Such a shame... Lesson - parents with firearms? Keep these things locked up adequately or take the consequences of your child's evil thoughts... Such a great shame...

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-11-21 21:03

    Lack of Discipline, to many rights in this country, parents also to be blamed. The bug dont only stop at school. Be more in touch and involved with your children.

  • elizabeth.sambridge - 2012-11-21 21:04

    name and shame the bullies

  • Msika - 2012-11-22 07:23

    Way to go boy. Now that's how to deal with a bully. Wish I was brave like in my primary school days, would have dealt with my bullies the same way.

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-22 07:43

    STRING HIM UP!!!! Grade 11 getting bullied by a grade 10, thats pathetic, and what the hell is he doing at school, if he is 18 in grade 11, murder is murder, no matter what, and it was pre-meditated, the little rat knew what he was going to do when he stole the gun. I say string it up or put it in front of a firing squad.........

      Msika - 2012-11-22 08:04

      @kyle.buitendag, you sound like a bully yourself. Are you one?

      ngwanatholo.matsepe - 2012-11-22 08:25

      Kyle is very easy to say that cause u never been in government school before.what is happening in private is differ from public school the boy he was new and the bully took advantage of tat n those a the result

      thokozane - 2012-11-27 11:53

      You know its very easy to judge if bullying for you was not a problem.. And you sir you think that everyone in every grade just proceeds on to the next grade how horribly mistaken you are.. Let me tell you now that I'm a 17 year old student in grade 11 and in one of my classes there are people who are 19,20 years old..think about it this way,if it were you,would you 'plead' with the bullies?? That's like pleading with a mugger and hoping he has a conscience-highly unlikely

  • Paul - 2012-11-22 08:05

    Good riddance!!! Yes, it's a shame it went this far, but from personal experience I will attest to the impact bullying has on you. Apparently the schools body was aware of the bullying for a while....and no action was taken! Open your eyes and take action, get off your lazy asses and do something about it!

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