Court filled to capacity ahead of appearance of Forest high murder accused

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes a picture at the scene where Daniel Bakwela, a grade 8 pupil, was killed at Forest High School in Turffontein, south of Johannesburg, on Monday.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes a picture at the scene where Daniel Bakwela, a grade 8 pupil, was killed at Forest High School in Turffontein, south of Johannesburg, on Monday.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

A 20-year-old suspect who allegedly stabbed to death Daniel Bakwela, 16, outside Forest High School on Monday is expected to appear at the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Wednesday.

Friends and families of both the suspect and the deceased have already filled up the public gallery in court 17. Both families arrived in court accompanied by groups of more than 10 people, including school pupils. 

Court 17 is the same court where a 15-year-old appeared for the murder of 19-year-old Khulani Mathebula. Mathebula, a grade 11 pupil at Mondeor High School, was stabbed to death on March 14 on his way to school.

The case was postponed to July 17 and the 15-year-old was released to the care of his parents.

Two grade 8 learners allegedly stabbed a grade 10 learner to death outside Forest High School in Turffontein, in the south of Johannesburg, on June 2 2019. It is not clear what led to the fight, but according to some pupils it was part of an ongoing battle between two rival gangs. Hours after the attack, the lifeless body of the 16-year-old boy still lay next to the street as pathologists gathered evidence from the scene, watched by family members and friends of the victim. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi arrived at the school soon after hearing the news. No arrests have been made.

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