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Basic Education Committee In Parliament ‘Shocked’ Over Fatal School Stabbings In Gauteng & WC

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old Grade 10 pupil at the Hillcrest Secondary School in Mossel Bay Monday. 

The suspects are in Grade 10 to 12. 

“The victim was taken to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. He sustained multiple stab wounds to his upper body,” police said. 

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, has, meanwhile expressed shock and sadness at the death of a 14-year-old learner, who allegedly died at the hands of another learner at a Sebokeng-based school in Gauteng, also Monday.

Although according to a recent presentation by the Department of Basic Education to the committee on violence in school, statistics seemed to be on the decline, I am extremely concerned about such incidents in our schools. One life lost, is one life too many,” said Mbinqo-Gigaba.

She said education is a societal matter, one that all South Africans should play an active role in, to ensure that schools remain safe spaces.

“What is happening in schools is a reflection of the society in which pupils live. This violence tends to play itself out on the school grounds when learners think violence is the only way to solve problems or to address challenges,” added Mbinqo-Gigaba.

A 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

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