MCHUNU CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS
By: Zinhle Mngadi
Violence in schools across KwaZulu-Natal has been condemned by officials after four learners were stabbed to death by other scholars in school premises in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.
This follows after the four learners were stabbed in a school bus by their fellow classmates. The four, aged from 16 to 19, were found stabbed and bleeding severely when police arrived at the scene. They were then rushed to a nearby hospital, where one of them is in a critical condition.
MEC of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, has condemned such violent behaviour in schools and urged police to deal with the perpetrators accordingly.
“We are really saddened by this violent behaviour from these pupils. I urge the police to deal with these teenagers and ensure that there is peace in the school premises,” said Mchunu.
He also pleaded that parents and school educators work closely with police to restore peace in all schools in the province.
“We really do not need such behaviour as school should remain places for learning. We therefore urge the school to continue working together with police and report such incidents to ensure that those pupils responsible for such incidents are dealt with accordingly,” added Mchunu.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that arrests were made and that two suspects have been released into the custody of their parents because they are minors. He added that one of the suspects was facing other charges of assault with grievous bodily harm. One of the stabbed learners was a witness to the assault case.
The suspects will appear in court soon, said Zwane.