The principal of the Lekhulong Secondary School in Rocklands, Bloemfontein – where two of the young men who were stabbed to death last week attended school – says this is not the first such incident that involves Lekhulong learners.
Mash Mawasha’s comment comes after the partially decomposed bodies of Lefa Soaisa, Vuyani Makhapela and Mojalefa Frans were found dumped on top of each other in an open veld next to the Lemo Mall in Heidedal on February 1. The teenagers’ bodies were found with multiple stab wounds and the murders are thought to be gang related.
Mawasha says the schools in their area are badly affected by gangsterism and the families are struggling to come to terms with the latest murders.
“We buried a pupil in November last year. He was stabbed to death. But this one, where the bodies were found dumped, this is the first of its kind. The families are in shock, it is a huge challenge. It is so pathetic, they have nothing. They are really struggling,” says Mawasha.
The school has since asked parents to donate funds to assist the families of the deceased. Mawasha further appealed to communities to stand together against gangsterism.
“We are affected as a school. We often have cases of assault. Learners unfortunately are afraid to disclose this information. We know it exists. By the look of things, things are not alright.”
The parents know where the culprits come from. If we do not know about it, we can’t tackle it,” says Mawasha.
Funeral arrangements will be communicated today.