Are public schools safe? Learner dies in stabbing incident at Medingen just outside the township of Ga-Kgapane.
Schools have become dens of violence , the rising number of violence in public schools is another pandemic in South Africa, as pupils assault and bully one another on a daily bass.
On Tuesday 9 November 2021, it was reported that a fight that broke out among Magoletja High School pupils in Limpopo Province, has left one pupil being stabbed to death and two seriously wounded.The motive behind the fight is unknown.
This isnt the first incident in the province , as a grade 10 pupil from Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo Lufhuno Mavhunga was assaulted and bullied to death in early April.
The incident that transpired in Medingen has led to two departments joining forces against bullying , the Department Of Social Development and Education has appointed a task team of Social Workers to provide pyschological support to the family of the deceased pupil.
The Spokesperson of the Social Development has revealed that the MEC of Social Development in the province Nkakareng Rakgoale has condemned the incident , saying that the incident is an indication of social ills such as substance abuse and bullying that they are still persistent in the Province.
“The incident is once again exposing the behavior by some of our young people in different communities. This violent behavior by children must immediately come to an end. We are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children so that they can notice behavioral change and report to social workers for an immediate intervention.” Said MEC Rakgoale.
Spokesperson, Witness Riva further said MEC Polly Boshielo has equally condemned the incident and calls on parents and other key stakeholders to be actively involved in supporting schools to deal with the scourge of bullying and abuse.
“It is so devastating and saddening that we had to loose a young life in this manner. This is something that needs all of us to collaborate on, to enforce laws prohibiting learners to carry dangerous weapons in schools and in communities. We accordingly send our condolences to the bereaved family and the entire school community”, said MEC Boshielo.