#HeidedalCrime: FS police investigates pupil’s murder

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The Free State police have confirmed that they are investigating a case of murder after a 14-year-old school pupil from Heidedal in Bloemfontein in the Free State lost his life after he was stabbed by a 21-year-old suspect.

The police investigation into Elvino de Jager’s murder comes a day after OFM News reported that a 14-year-old scholar, Tshepo Mphekgo, lost his life after he was stabbed by a fellow 15-year-old pupil on Monday 7 October 2019 in the Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng, Zone 10, outside Vereeniging.

Police spokesperson, Sam Makhele, tells OFM News that the stabbing incident of a 14-year-old from Heidedal took place near a house in the Tom Swartz area. He says it is alleged that the boy had a fight with the suspect (21) who is in police custody. Makhele says according to information, the victim had a knife with him and the suspect went inside his parents’ house where he also took a knife and stabbed the victim in the back. He adds that the victim was transported to a local hospital in Bloemfontein where he later died.

Schools in Central South Africa experienced several violent incidents that ended up either with pupils sustaining serious injuries or being killed in and outside of school premises. School violence continues to take centre stage and make national headlines despite repeated condemnation by the government.

Earlier the Provincial Department of Education held a school safety summit with the hopes of tightening the security and involving different stakeholders, which include private companies and parents.

OFM News previously reported that the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) criticised the North West Department of Education for allegedly being slow in implementing resolutions on safety in schools.  The criticism followed the death of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death by another 15-year-old in Mooinooi in June 2019. The union’s provincial chairperson, Mxolisi Bomvana, said such incidents, which include the stabbing of pupils, are often due to the failure by the department to act on its promises. Bomvana said following the 2018 school safety summit, the department is yet to act and implement policies decided on in that summit.

OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane