The stabbing incident of Reatlehile Leeto (12), a Grade 6 learner who was stabbed with a pair of scissors, follows that of Lungelo Khathane (16), a grade 9 pupil who was killed by a fellow pupil in Koffiefontein last week.
The Department of Education spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, says the department is outraged over the spate of violence at various schools in the province. Ndaba says the department is deeply concerned about the violence amongst learners in the province. He says Leeto was stabbed by a fellow pupil while they were queueing for the National School Nutrition Programme during the break. He was rushed to a hospital in Bloemfontein where he said to be in a stable condition.
Ndaba adds that the matter has been reported to the police and a case of assault has been opened. “MEC Tate Makgoe has expressed shock after this latest incident, calling on all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and religious bodies, to join hands to fight the scourge of violence in the province’s schools.”
“Makgoe said counselling will be provided to learners who witnessed this unfortunate incident,” he adds. Ndaba says Makgoe has wished the learner a speedy recovery.
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