A Grade 12 learner was stabbed six times with a knife, allegedly by another student, at a school in Mmabatho near Mafikeng in the North West.
Elias Malindi, spokesperson for the provincial department of education, said the grade 12 learner, aged 23, was attacked at Kebonang Secondary School on Thursday, presumably by another grade 12 learner, 21 years old.
“They allegedly fought after school and security staff called on the two to stop fighting. However, they continued to fight, “Malindi said. “According to allegations, the 21-year-old learner ran away and came back with a knife. He chased a learner who wanted to intervene and stabbed him six times in the back. “
Security guards intervened and the injured learner was taken to the staff room to safety. “The school called the police and the ambulance. He was taken to Bophelong Hospital where he received stitches and was later discharged. “
Mmaphefo Matsemela, MEC of Education in the North West, met with the school’s management and condemned the incident. “Our schools are centers of learning and teaching, not a war zone. We’re not going to keep criminals in our schools. Law must go its way. Our primary responsibility is to train learners and we do not teach them to attack other learners, “Matsemela said.
She said schools must ensure safety at schools and learners and teachers are familiar with admission policies. “Schools should refer older learners to relevant adult education centers. An older learner should not be allowed into a school unless it is under special circumstances. Learners of the same age do not bully each other, they love and care for each other. ”
She urged the school to take immediate disciplinary action against learners who violated the code of conduct.
According to her, the learner, who allegedly attacked the other scholar, must attend an alternative examination center as his safety cannot be assured at the school.
The injured learner reported to the school on Friday after he was discharged from the hospital.
Counseling was arranged for the learners and teachers.
The school in question has five security officers, three of whom are on duty during the day and two work at night. They receive a salary from the school.