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By Canaan Mdletshe | Feb 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANOTHER KwaZulu-Natal pupil has been killed on the school premises.

Sibongiseni Khuzwayo, 21, a Grade 10 pupil at Hlonono High School in KwaMaphumulo on the North Coast, was stabbed to death by a schoolmate during a fight yesterday.

His death comes barely a week after another pupil, Lwazi Gama, was stabbed to death by a schoolmate in Newlands West, Durban.

The deaths have raised questions about how pupils manage to enter school premises armed so easily.

Police said Khuzwayo was stabbed once in the back by his schoolmate.

Provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Jay Naicker said the incident happened during break at about 11am.

"Pupils were having a break when fighting erupted among a group of boys, "Naicker said.

"A Grade 8 pupil produced a knife and stabbed Khuzwayo in the back.

"He died as teachers were rushing him to a local clinic.

"The police were called and the suspect was arrested.

Naicker said another pupil who tried to intervene in the fight was also stabbed in the leg.

In another incident six Temple Valley Secondary School pupils in Verulam, north of Durban, were injured when the gun of one of their classmates was discharged on the school premises.

Naicker said the pupils were returning to classes after lunch when the incident happened.

"Apparently one of the boys took a firearm from his school bag to show it to the other pupils.

"It unfortunately went off, injuring six pupils," Naicker said.

Her said five of the six pupils were girls and were taken to hospital, while a boy was treated on the scene for minor injuries.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said three pupils were seriously injured by what appeared to be "accidental gunfire shots".

The provincial department of education was not immediately available for comment.


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