Teenager fit to stand trial for murder of school teacher

17-year-old boy fit enough to stand trial.
17-year-old boy fit enough to stand trial.
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The 17-year-old pupil accused of killing a teacher in North West is fit to stand trial, the Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, faces a charge of murder after he allegedly stabbed Daniel Mokolobate, a teacher at Ramotshere Secondary School in Zeerust last week. He arrived in court under police guard and clad in a checked shirt and a pair of blue jeans.

The court started the proceedings in the chambers by conducting a preliminary inquiry.

The inquiry brought together a prosecutor, his lawyer, a social worker and a magistrate to decide whether the the accused was fit for trial. After two hours in the chambers, the boy was taken to a normal court in a closed court session.

Prosecutor Zola Mpayipheli said it was yet to be decided whether the matter will be heard at a regional or high court.

The case was postponed to October 10.

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