An unthinkable tragedy has played out the Forest High School in South Johannesburg. It’s believed that a pupil has been stabbed to death by two Grade 8 pupils at the Turfontein establishment, who are two years their junior.
Forest High School stabbing – latest news
Panyaza Lesufi – returning to his work in the education portfolio after a brief switch to finance – confirmed that he was summoned to the school on Monday afternoon, in a race to establish how exactly this crime was committed:
I am told two Grade 8 learners allegedly stabbed to death a Grade 10 learner outside Forest High School, Turffontein. I am on my way there 💔💔💔
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) June 3, 2019
Once he arrived at the scene, Lesufi and the authorities were confronted by the sight of a body just outside of the school building. The two suspects have been confirmed as the younger students, who have since been taken into custody. However, police have not yet confirmed what their exact role was.
Several early reports also indicate that others had been stabbed. Two fellow students were also caught up in the chaos. However, it’s understood that they are now receiving treatment in South Rand Hospital. Booysens Police Captain Lorraine van Emmerik made the following statement:
“After writing exams at about 11:00, four learners left the school and one of them attacked the other three learners, unfortunately, one passed on and the other two were rushed to South Rand Hospital.”
Lorraine van Emmerik
School stabbing in Turfontein, Johannesburg
As well as police and emergency crews, anguished parents also rushed their way to Forest High School. One mother found out her son was the deceased, prompting some heartbreaking scenes.
Meanwhile, TimesLive are reporting from the scene, and claim that the incident was linked to local gang culture. We are still yet to verify how true that claim is, however.
The deceased's mother, Antho Mubiala, is crippled with pain after hearing the news as she watches her sons lifeless body just a few meters away.@TimesLIVE
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— Nonkululeko Njilo (@Nkulee_Njilo) June 3, 2019