Alexandra teen learner in custody over deadly stabbing

2021-Sep-01   08:07

Alexandra teen learner in custody over deadly stabbing Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

A 15-year-old Grade eight learner, who allegedly stabbed and killed a fellow pupil on school premises in Alexandra, is expected to appear at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The incident happened on Monday afternoon at Pholosho Secondary School, sparking renewed concerns about violence in schools.

Gauteng police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo, said the suspect handed himself in at the Alexandra Police Station.

“The suspect arrived with his father at the Alexandra Police Station on Monday evening and handed himself over to the police. 

"It is alleged that the suspect was fighting with other learners during break time on Monday, 30 August 2021, at approximately 12pm.  He then went into the classroom and returned with a sharp object and stabbed one of the learners,” Masondo said.

“The stabbed learner was certified dead inside the school premises. The motive for the killing and what triggered the fight is still under investigation," said the police spokesperson.

Education authorities in the province have condemned the incident. MEC Panyaza Lesufi conveyed condolences to the  deceased learner's family.

“We vehemently condemn the violent behaviour which led to the death of a learner, allegedly at the expense of his peer on school grounds. It is absolutely unacceptable.

"The  School Governing Body (SGB) must investigate this incident and take the necessary disciplinary action against the perpetrator,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi has already arrived at the school and will also visit the bereaved family.

Government said it would deploy its psycho-social team to provide support to those affected.

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