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By unknown | Mar 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Safety in schools has once again come under the spotlight following an ugly incident in which a Limpopo pupil was stabbed several times by a fellow pupil .

The incident happened at the OR Mabotja Secondary School in Makgofe village, outside Polokwane, yesterday morning.

The two boys, both aged 16, allegedly started fighting over a chair inside the classroom, though a source at the school claimed the two Grade 9 pupils started quarrelling after a game of dice on the school premises.

The quarrel, the source said, moved to the classroom where the boys fought with their fists before one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other several times.

The victim bled profusely and lost consciousness.

He was rushed to Seshego Hospital.

A parent, who did not want to be identified, said he feared for his children's safety after the incident.

"Schools are supposed to be safe places for our children," he said. "But what we are witnessing today is the exact opposite."

He said he would be left with no option but to "remove my children from the school".

"The problem is that these incidents happen in front of helpless teachers," he said.

The principal, who identified herself as N Mothapo, said she was not aware of the incident as she was in a meeting at another school.

"I'm hearing about it for the first time from you," she said.

Authorities at the hospital confirmed yesterday that the victim was stabbed twice on the left armpit and once on the body.

Sergeant Mothemane Malefo said a 16-year-old boy was arrested at the school .

He said, however, that the arrest was pending a decision by the victim on whether or not he wanted to open a case against his attacker.

"We are awaiting his decision before we can charge the suspect," said Malefo.

Phuti Seloba, spokesperson for the provincial department of health and social development, said the victim was responding well to treatment and that he would be discharged from hospital "very soon".

The lack of safety at schools has sparked a public outcry following several incidents in which pupils have been attacked or killed in the past few months.

Provincial education spokesperson Ndo Mangala yesterday condemned the incident.

He said counselling would be arranged for the pupils who witnessed the stabbing.

He said the Learners' Code of Conduct would also be applied.


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