The death of 16-year-old Alexandra learner, Qayiya Mgaye, mirrors societal social ills the government is failing to deal with. This is according to Gauteng MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi, who visited the Pholosho Secondary School on Tuesday.
Mgaye was allegedly stabbed to death by a fellow learner with a pair of scissors on Monday. The 15-year-old suspected of killing him is expected to appear in court today.
Lesufi said there are accusations of gangsterism at Pholosho Secondary School.
“This is a demonstration that we are losing the battle against drugs and gangsterism, but we are not doing enough to protect our children. A school should be a place of safety, it should not be a place where a parent is called to come and collect the body of a child,” he said.
Community members alleged that some learners are part of gangs that rent a number of shacks in the township.
Lesufi also highlighted this.
“I’m told there is a shack rented by these children for dirty things. I hope community leaders who told me that information will take appropriate action,” he said.
He added that poor management is also a problem at the school and promised to intervene.
“There are accusations of poor management and the entire education space in this area...the community leaders also explained the dangers they are facing and they requested us to intervene decisively,” he said.
Lesufi admitted that having to confront the Mgaye family without any answers was one of the toughest tasks he had to undertake.
Mgaye's classmates and learners from other schools held a protest on Tuesday outside Pholosho Secondary School and also on the street of the alleged killer’s home.