- A teacher at Kagiso Senior Secondary School allegedly shot dead an intruder who had stabbed him.
- The intruder found teachers in the staff room attending a meeting and allegedly held them hostage.
- Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane said the department would beef up security at schools.
A teacher at Kagiso Senior Secondary School in Gauteng allegedly shot dead an intruder who had stabbed him with a knife on Friday.
According to the Gauteng Department of Education, the intruder gained access to the school through the main gate when it was remotely opened for a car to drive in.
"The patroller responsible for manning the gate tried to stop him, but he did not cooperate," department spokesperson Steve Mabona said.
The intruder proceeded to the administration block and demanded to see the principal. He was told that the principal was in a meeting and could not see him at that time.
Police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said the man found teachers in the staff room attending a meeting and allegedly held them hostage.
The man charged at the teacher, stabbing him in the arm, and the teacher shot him.
"The man was certified dead on the scene and the teacher was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment," Sello added.
The pupils were addressed after being told to gather in the school hall, but were later released because they "became restless", Mabona said.
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The department said its psychosocial unit would be dispatched to the school on Monday to offer counselling to pupils and teachers.
Police are investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane said the department would be beefing up security at schools. He made this commitment after the fatal stabbing of a Grade 10 pupil from Geluksdal Secondary School in Brakpan on Thursday.
The pupil was stabbed during a fight between classmates.