Rising scourge of violence in SA schools a concern for authorities

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Violence at schools is on the rise. Photo: Supplied
Violence at schools is on the rise. Photo: Supplied


Violence is on the rise in South African schools, with many reports of pupils stabbing fellow learners to death.

In the latest incident, the Free State education department reported that a Grade 11 pupil from Kaelang Secondary School was stabbed to death in an alleged gang-related feud on Tuesday.

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There are four pupils who died at the hands of other pupils in the last three months alone.

In September, a Grade 11 pupil from General Smuts High School in Vereeniging, Gauteng, was stabbed to death by another pupil.

Then, in October, a Grade 10 pupil from Mayville Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal was also stabbed to death by a fellow pupil.  

During November, a Grade 11 pupil at Qalabotjha Secondary School in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg, and a Grade 12 pupil from Mandlenkosi High School, also in KwaZulu-Natal, were killed in the same violent way.

Free State education spokesperson Howard Ndaba said on Tuesday a bitter and violent brawl reportedly broke out between two gangs at the school.

A 20-year-old pupil was stabbed during the fight, and he was rushed to a nearby clinic. Unfortunately, the learner succumbed to his injuries as he was receiving medical attention.

Ndaba has pleaded with community members not to disrupt schooling and teaching as Grade 12 pupils are still in the process of writing their final examinations.

“The case has been handed over to the provincial police anti-gang task team and members of the police have been deployed to patrol around the school. Our psychosocial team will visit the school to provide the necessary support and counselling,” Ndaba said.

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Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has condemned the brutal assault of a Grade 12 female pupil. It has been reported that the incident happened on Wednesday and the pupil was brutally assaulted by a mob of boys from her school.

After receiving the report of the incident, Dube-Ncube, who was chairing a provincial executive council sitting, immediately left to visit the pupil who is fighting for her life at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital. The premier was joined by provincial Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane, Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza, Education MEC Mbali Frazer and other government officials.

According to the police, the pupil was approached by the suspects who accused her of stealing a cellphone and she was taken to J-Section in Umlazi where she was threatened with a firearm and assault.

Dube-Ncube said:

We are very disturbed about the assault of the 19-year-old pupil who was attacked immediately after she finished writing her isiZulu matric paper. The pain and suffering this young girl had to endure at the hands of her school mates is deplorable.

She said it was unfortunate that the pupil would not be able to complete her exams. However, the provincial department would make arrangements for her to write her exams next year.

“Sadly, this incident is happening at a time when we are heightening our campaign of no violence against women and children. We are appealing to our communities to have a zero-tolerance stance against people who abuse women, children, learners, people with disabilities and elders.

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