Barely two weeks into the new school year, and South Africa’s education sector continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In the latest incident, gunmen posing as parents opened fire Wednesday at the Buhlebethu Primary School in Inanda township, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) wounding a teacher.
“The suspects suddenly opened fire, shot at, and injured an educator who was immediately taken to hospital for medical attention,” the KZN Education Department said in a statement.
A case of attempted murder has been opened, Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said on Facebook.
The KZN school shooting comes a litany of episodes reverberated across the country.
Also in KZN, two learners at the Old Mill Secondary School in the King Cetshwayo District stabbed each other on the school premises.
“One learner was rushed to hospital, however there was no fatality,” Mhlanga said.
In addition, a teacher at Kangikho Primary School collapsed in front of the learners and died.
On January 15, 13-year-old Parktown Boys’ High pupil Enoch Mpianzi drowned at an orientation camp in Brits when a makeshift raft he was on capsized on the Crocodile River.
A 13-year-old Grade 7 learner, Keamogetswe Shaun Seboko, also drowned in a pool at Laerskool Bekker in Gauteng last week.
On Wednesday, seven-year-old Sello Fortunate Mohale and five-year-old Rethabile Nakana were killed when a truck delivering food to Lekgolo Primary School crashed into a wall which then collapsed on two pupils.
And investigations are continuing to determine the cause of a fire at the Khutlo Tharo secondary school in Sebokeng in the Vaal, a day before the new school year got underway.