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Teacher allegedly killed by a grade 8 boy

Bonile Khanyi

A teacher was stabbed to death on Saturday, allegedly at the hands of one of his grade 8 learners.

Kingston Vhiya, who was a teacher at the Bosele Middle School near Kuruman in the Northern Cape, was allegedly stabbed by the boy in the early hours of Saturday morning after the boy accused him of failing him. 

According to reports, the 15-year-old boy went to the teacher’s house in the early hours of Saturday morning and began pelting the house with stones.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi confirmed the incident.

“I can confirm that a teenage boy has been arrested for the alleged murder of Kingston Vhiya. It is believed that the boy went to the victims’ home on Saturday morning and threw stones and rocks at his windows,” said Mooi.

“When the teacher came out to talk to him, he didn’t see anyone there and as he turned around, the boy stabbed him to death.”

Mooi said the teenage boy was arrested at the scene on Saturday.

Speaking to Inside Education on Tuesday, Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said that while the Department of Basic Education (DBE) could not divulge the specifics of the incident, a team of officials and the MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett will visit the family of the deceased on Wednesday to extend their condolences.

 

The boy is expected to appear in the Mothibistad magistrate’s court today on a charge of murder.

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