Party responsibly, KZN education dept warns pupils after teen stabbed to death

2016-12-01 16:19


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Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal department of education is calling on school pupils to be responsible after a year-end party ended in tragedy at the weekend.

"We understand that they are excited that the exams are over, but they need to be responsible," said spokesperson for MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane, Kwazi Mthethwa.

Mthethwa’s comments come after a pupil was stabbed to death in Mtubatuba, northern KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend.

The pupil has been identified by the Daily Sun as Qhubekani Mkhwanazi, 18.  

The Grade 10 pupil at Masibonisane High School, was allegedly stabbed by an unknown man.

A friend who was with Mkhwanazi, told News24 that the group of four friends had decided to celebrate the end of exams by going to St Lucia beach.

The group then changed their minds and celebrated in Mtubatuba CBD.

He admitted that they had consumed alcohol.

"We were going home and we had hitch hiked a ride. We were waiting for one more person before the car could go. I decided to go and get another boy in the area so that we could go.

"When we got back, he was arguing with another boy that we did not know. The boy did not look like he was a pupil. He pretended to walk away from Qhubekani and then turned around and stabbed him in the neck."

The 18-year-old said his friend started vomiting blood and later died.

Mthethwa said the department was aware that most year-end parties involved drugs and alcohol.

"We know that pupils cannot afford alcohol. We are calling on communities to watch out for people who are buying alcohol for the learners, they are ruining the future of the learners."

Mthethwa said pupils should be given a chance to build their own future.

"People are allowed to celebrate, we just want them to be responsible and that responsibility does not involve alcohol."

He urged parents to get involved in their children's lives and know, at all times, what they were up to.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing and urged the community members who had information to call 08600 10111.

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