A 16-year-old learner from Mqhawe Secondary School in Ntuzuma, KwaZulu-Natal was expected to appear in court on Tuesday, 15 November after he allegedly shot and wounded his teacher.
The teacher reportedly reprimanded the learner for making noise while matriculants were writing their exam.
MQHAWE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ALLEGEDLY SHOT BY LEARNER
According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the incident happened on Thursday 10 October around 11:30.
It is alleged that after being reprimanded the learner threatened the teacher and told him that he would shoot him once the school was out, which he allegedly did.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala did confirm the incident.
Gwala said a case of attempted murder is being investigated by Inanda SAPS.
“A 16-year-old suspect was arrested and charged. He is appearing in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday,” she said.
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi also confirmed the incident and has since urged society to lend a helping hand in dealing with learners’ behaviour.
“We are disturbed that learners conduct themselves in such a manner. The educator was reprimanding him not to make noise when the matriculants were writing,” he said.
In a separate incident, a 20-year-old matric learner from Free State was not allowed to write his National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams after he allegedly attacked and stabbed a 35-year-old Physical Sciences teacher Matefo Mphosela.
Simphiwe Mondli was reportedly adopted by the teacher he stabbed at her residence on Thursday night 20 October.
Free State Education spokesperson Howard Ndaba told The South African that the Brandfort Magistrate’s Court denied the 20-year-old’s request to be released in order to write the exams.
The State reportedly opposed the request saying other learners will experience further trauma if they sit for the exams together with him.