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    Gauteng pupil STABBED to death in after-school ‘gangsterism’ fight

    A Gauteng pupil was killed after being stabbed in an after-school fight on Thursday.

    The deceased was a Grade 11 boy from Qalabotjha Secondary School in Vlakfontein.


    Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said the stabbing reportedly took place after a fight broke out.

    “According to information at our disposal, a fight allegedly broke out between a group of boys in the afternoon outside of the school. Unfortunately, the said learner was allegedly stabbed in the chest during the fight.”

    Steve Mabona

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    Mabona says the stabbed learner was rushed to a nearby clinic. But he, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries and died as he was receiving medical attention.

    Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. The fight is suspected to be related to gangsterism,” said Mabona.

    The department will be deploying its psychosocial team on Friday to the school to provide the necessary counselling and support.

    “We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to the learner’s family and the school community at large.”

    In the meantime, the community is urged to not interrupt the current matric examinations due to the incident.

    “We implore the community to not disrupt the schooling and teaching as our Grade 12 learners are still in the process of writing their final exams.

    The incident happened outside the school on Thursday. PHOTO: Google Maps


    Last month, the Gauteng education lost three pupils who all died in a space of two days in eerie incidents.

    One was an eight-year-old boy from Ecaleni Learners with Special Needs School in Tembisa. He died on Friday 21 October after falling unconscious in a scholar transport bus a week prior to his death.

    The pupil was bleeding from the mouth that day and was taken home after the driver applied first aid on him.

    “However, his condition worsened while at home and he was hospitalised… Unfortunately, the department was informed that the child passed away,” said Mabona.

    On the same day, a Grade 10 girl died on her way home from school. The Bopasenatla Secondary School pupil also got ill on the transport bus.

    The driver was notified of the girl vomiting and foaming at the mouth.

    “The driver then went off his drop-off route course to rush the learner to a nearby clinic. Unfortunately, the child was declared dead on arrival,” Mabona said.

    On Thursday, 20 October, a Grade 10 girl collapsed and died in class at Buhlebuzile Secondary School. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

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