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Learner stabbed to death at a school in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga

Thabo Mohlala

A 16-year-old learner was stabbed to death by his peer at a school, which is yet to be identified, in Kwamhlanga, Mpumalanga. 

Although details are still sketchy, police revealed the incident took place on Tuesday after the two learners were involved a fierce fight.

Police did not want to disclose the name of the school at which the incident took place.

The deceased sustained multiple stabbing wounds and was rushed to a hospital but he pronounced dead on arrival. The police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect who fled the scene. The public is requested to contact the local police about his whereabouts.

Earlier this month the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) Mpumalanga released a statement lamenting the rising levels of school-based violence in the province. The statement referred to an incident where a teacher assaulted a female learner and the union called upon the police to arrest the culprit.

Speaking to Inside Education about the incident this afternoon, Sadtu’s Walter Hlaise, said violence at schools happens all the time and most incidents go unreported.

“It is only when there is death that the issue makes it to the media. What I can say is that violence in the province takes place quite often just like it does in others,” he said.

Hlaise said the findings of a research conducted by Sadtu showed that violence at schools mirrors what happens in the broader society.

“We should not look at it in isolation from what happens outside of our schools. Until society has dealt sufficiently with the issue of violence there is no way we can expect schools not be affected by it. As adults were are prone to resolving our differences through violent means and our children do likewise,” said Hlaise.

He said they were currently piloting a gender-based violence and bullying programme to try and educating learners and teachers about adverse effects of violence. He said it was still too early to determine if it was successful or not.

 

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