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'I don't want this thug in my school'

By unknown | May 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elisha Molefe

The headmaster of a high school near Mmabatho in North West yesterday told a court he would not allow a member of a notorious gang to return to his school if he was sentenced to correctional supervision.

Peter Mphiwa, headmaster of Setlopo High School, was testifying in the Mmabatho high court in the case of Israel Motshelamadi, 18, a member of the notorious RAF4 gang, which has allegedly been terrorising residents in the area.

Motshelamadi, of Setlopo village, is facing a charge of murder following the killing of Matthews Thompson, 31, last year.

Motshelamadi and a friend, Xolisile Mafela, allegedly attacked Thompson with rocks and kicked and punched him.

When they realised he was dead, they allegedly stripped him of his designer clothes.

Mphiwa said the community would "riot" if Motshelamadi was readmitted to school.

Defence counsel France Mothoa argued that refusing Motshelamadi readmission would be unconstitutional.

He said: "The constitution states that everyone has the right to education.

"What you are doing now is contrary to our constitution.

"You advised Motshelamadi not to return to school after he was granted bail and again you deny him the right to be educated when this court thinks that correctional supervision is right for him."

Mphiwa defended his decision by saying that of the 630 students at his school, 30 of them were known to be members of the RAF4 gang.

He said if Motshelamadi were readmitted it could spark a gang war at the school.


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