Pupil stabbed to death at KZN school

2012-10-24 08:52

Pietermaritzburg - Separated by a fence, Khanyo Ngcamu could only watch in horror as a group of teenagers pounced on her cousin and killed him on Tuesday.

While watching a soccer match during a break at Umlulama Secondary School at Hopewell, Pietermaritzburg, Grade 8 pupil Nkosingiphile Ngcamu, 16, was dragged from the safety of the school grounds and stabbed several times.

He died while being taken to hospital.

Khanyo, a Grade 10 pupil at the same school, said Nkosingiphile had tried to run away, but the group overpowered and dragged him out of the school.


She and other pupils then watched in disbelief as Nkosingiphile was repeatedly stabbed. Nobody went to her cousin’s aid until his attackers had left.

Khanyo said she stood there helplessly.

“I was just crying,” she said.

When the attackers left, she ran to where Nkosingiphile lay.

“He was bleeding profusely. His body and face were covered in blood. He looked too weak to utter a word.

“I tried saying something to him, but I couldn’t. I was in so much pain.

“I’m not even sure if he saw me.”

Nkosingiphile’s aunt and guardian, Faith Ngcamu, said she received a call at work, informing her that her nephew was hurt.

With tears in her eyes, she said Nkosingiphile had been a “good” and “respectful” boy who had become mixed with “the wrong crowd”.

Khanyo said her cousin, who had lived with her family since his mother died in 2006, had wanted to become a lawyer.

“I’ll miss helping him with homework and watching TV together,” she said.


The motive for the killing is unclear, with gang rivalry and an argument over a girl both cited as possible causes.

Hopewell pupils who spoke to The Witness expressed fears for their safety at school, saying this was the third stabbing at the school this year.

They pleaded with the education department to beef up security before another one of them is killed.

“We don’t have security guards. Those we do have are like pictures, because they don’t do anything,” said one pupil.

“We need police officers as our security guards,” a Grade 11 pupil added.

The pupils told The Witness that teenagers who are not Hopewell pupils come to the school to drink and smoke on the premises, and added that there are rival gangs in the area, with Nkosingiphile a member of one.


KZN education department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi condemned the incident, which he said had “hurt” MEC Senzo Mchunu.

“Almost every two weeks we’re burying children. When you send a child to school, you have hopes that he’ll become someone and don’t expect to lose him or her,” he said.

“We shouldn’t be spending money on security and fences, but instead, should be spending that money on books,” he added.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said it appeared that a fight had developed between a group of boys and Nkosingiphile, resulting in his being stabbed twice in the chest.

Jeevan said investigations by Thornville detectives led officers to Northdale hospital, where two injured teens were arrested.

They would appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

  • geronimo.feather - 2012-10-24 09:24

    Savages! Barbarians!

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-24 09:25

    ANC-PF OBE complete?

      nkululeko.k.mpungose - 2012-10-24 09:50

      This has got nothing to do with ANC you twit

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 10:22

      So nkululeko, if this got nothing to do with the ANC, how come you never heard of these type of crimes under the previous regime? The only time that school kids got killed was when they threw rocks, bottles and petrol bombs at the police.

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-10-24 09:38

    Its absolutely disgusting! sick to my stomach to think this is the future ? God help us and our children ! Unless the death penalty is brought back what is there to fear? A few years in prison = roof over head, 3 meals a day ? Sick sick

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-24 09:44

    tomorrows monsters are being constructed today.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-24 09:45

    This country has gone to the dogs.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-24 09:49

      And the dogs koshed it back out as unfit for canine consumption.

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-24 09:47

    Corporal Punishment being made a crime is the reason for these horrendous stabbings, I remember when I went to school we used to be scared and respectful of our teachers and would never have considered stabbing a pupil over a boy/girl or a frikking pencil. By banning punishment we are growing little savages, vicious monsters. It is because there is absolutely no consequence for anything, so they do what ever the hell they want and think they are big stuff and invincible but instead lack the maturity to behave properly without being taught a proper lesson. Time to start cracking the whip!

  • bongile.langa - 2012-10-24 10:00

    Communities have turned into war zones with rival gangs mercilessly savaging and ruling the lives f the innocent, now schools tooo. Obviously the education department is to be blamed for this, if tings happen right into school premises. SHOCKED BY seemingly reality of this country!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 10:23

      "Obviously the education department is to be blamed for this" Thank you, education department = under ANC control.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-24 10:06

    It seems as if I went to school on a different planet when I see what schools have become today. If you can't afford to send your kids to a private school, god help them.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-24 10:25

    who cares what the motive is - this cousin saw the killers - put her into safety, arrest the murderers and send them to jail - bastards.

  • vlammie.pilot - 2012-10-24 10:57

    Another excellent example of black culture! We can see here the moral fibre of our country and society. Children stab other children in full view of onlookers. Can any black people here tell me why this is happening? Are blacks proud about this? It is these black youths that go and murder whites eventually. Do they learn this from their parents?

      xoli.xuma - 2012-10-24 13:10


      George Mtetwa - 2014-04-12 12:02

      did the waterkloof 4 learn from their parents?

  • Tumie Sola - 2014-01-24 19:01

    Those bastards should be locked away, who the hell does such a devious thing , and I think Police should start patrolling more around schools , this is realy sick , wish they die in hell, god forgive me for saying such , but schools should be a place of safety and education, this is realy sad

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