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One child has been hospitalised, and another is in police custody following a school stabbing in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal.
Imran Keeka, the Democratic Alliance (DA) KwaZulu-Natal Spokesperson on Education, explains that the stabbing occurred on Tuesday, 8 February 2022.
The school’s name must be withheld to protect the identities of the minors involved. However, Keeka notes that the DA is concerned about the incident, mainly because the stabbing could have been avoided.
“It is alleged that there was a bullying incident, which was reported to the principal, and not acted upon.”
With the school’s principal allegedly failing to intervene, Keeka claims the situation “spiralled into this heinous act of criminality on school grounds.”
After an alleged scuffle, the apparent bullying victim retaliated by stabbing his bully at school.
He is currently in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The other student, accused of being the bully and instigator of the scuffle, is being treated in a Ladysmith hospital.
“My interaction with SAPS suggested that they will thoroughly investigate the matter,” Keeka says.
Furthermore, he says he will write to Kwazi Mshengu, the KZN MEC for Education, to request that he investigate allegations that the principal did not act when the bullying issue was raised. Keeka will also ask Mshengu to investigate how weapons ended up on the school grounds.
“I am hopeful that the MEC will act swiftly to ensure that, at the very least, at this school, the levels of accountability and safety will be enhanced. We already know that school safety in KZN is already compromised,” Keeka concludes.
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