Tributes were pouring as Forest High School and Gauteng Education mourns the death of Daniel Bakwela who was stabbed by a fellow student to death.
Present was the family of the deceased, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, fellow learners and teachers of Forest High School.
MEC Lesufi said he had no words to comfort the family as he is also devastated by the tragic incident.
He urged the learners not to vengeful to the perpetrator.
“No child is born ill-disciplined, and an eye for an eye makes all of us blind,” Lesufi added.
Lesufi told the learners to sympathise with the Bakwela family, and they should not single out the perpetrator because the law will take its course.
Lesufi told the mourners that he had deployed undercover police around the perimeter of the school and those who are suspected of wrong doing should be arrested on the spot.
He urged shop owners around the school not to sell to learners during school hours or they would close down the shops.
Lesufi said he would enforce the law and close down any tavern that is around the school because the law clearly says no taverns near schools or churches. The law should be obeyed.
Lesufi explained that he could not say the department’s plans were working when a learner dies near a school and there was a need to review their plans as the department.
The MEC said they were looking for 500 bullies in schools around the province and schools should assist by identifying bullies before they commit crimes.
“We will unleash expects and professionals to assist them before they kill our children,” Said the MEC.
He confirmed that they have complied fully as the department with the court and Mohhamed Mwela would write his three remaining examinations in the next seven days. An alternative school has been arrange for Mwela so he can be able to continue with his studies.
School administrator of Abbott College Johannesburg South Roxan Edwards sent her sent her condolences to the family, friends and everyone involved in the incident.
“It is a terribly sad and not a nice thing especially for a school” said Edwards.