Stabbings have become a norm in South African schools and, within a space of only one week, the Gauteng education department has recorded more deaths than a mortuary. The recent incident involves a grade 12 girl who stabbed a grade 8 boy outside the school premises in a confrontation that is yet to be confirmed by police.
The incident took place in the Merafong area where the school girl attends Fochville Secondary and the school boy Thutokitso Secondary. Gauteng department of education’s spokesperson Steve Mabona confirmed the alleged stabbing and stated that this was the fourth recorded incident within a space of 5 days.
“More than ten incidents have occurred from the 3rd of February up until the 7th. The department however was only informed about this incident on Friday (7th February) after it had occurred on Tuesday”, he explains. This also leaves questions as to why schools are only reporting deaths at a later stage instead of reporting them immediately.
This sentiment is reminiscent of another grade 8 pupil, Enoch Mpianzi, who drowned in a river while on an excursion with Parktown Boys’ high school.
The department has since deployed psychosocial teams to both the girl and boy learners’ schools.