A 64-year-old male teacher from Tolamo Primary School at Letlhakaneng Village near Brits stabbed a 47-year-old female teacher at Tshefoge Primary school on Monday.
The North West education department said Tshefoge Primary School, at Vaalboschloot, was under construction and pupils were moved to a community hall as a temporary measure.
“It is alleged that the perpetrator [the male teacher] forcefully entered the hall and refused to sanitise or to check his temperature. It is reported that when he arrived at the hall, his face was covered with a balaclava. He called the victim [the female teacher] and went outside where an argument ensued,” said education department spokesperson Elias Malindi.
Malindi said the man arrived at the hall, his face was covered with a balaclava. He called the victim and went outside whereby arguments ensued between them,” said .
Malindi said the female teacher had multiple stab wounds on her neck and her back. He said the school staff managed to rush in to apprehend the culprit and called the police.
The injured educator is still in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the local hospital, said Malindi.
On Tuesday, North West MEC for Education Mmaphefo Matsemela visited Tshefoge Primary School.
Matsemela condemned the incident and said the department is very much disturbed and disappointed by the “heinous and barbaric” act.
She said gender based violence is not welcomed at schools.
“Anyone who does that will be subjected to the full might of the law. This has also traumatised our learners since it happened in front of them. I wish to thank the staff members who braved themselves and apprehended the suspect,” said Matsemela.
The MEC said support would be offered to the educators and learners.
South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West has also condemned the incident.
“We wish to condemn in the strongest terms possible the ghastly crime committed on the school premises that has left learners and educators traumatised and the victim seriously injured,” said SANCO Provincial Chairperson Paul Sebegoe.
Sebegoe said there is no place in society for such outrageous criminality and he wished the injured teacher a speedy recovery.
North West police spokesperson Captain Adele Myburgh said they are investigating a case of attempted murder.
“According to information available at this stage, the school teacher was accosted by her 63-year-old boyfriend, who then stabbed her multiple times with an unknown object,” said Myburgh.
“This clearly points to frustration of our communities with the level of violence they are experiencing which is pushing them to take the law into their own hands as they are not trained to affect citizens’ arrests,” said Sebegoe.