POLICE in Mpumalanga are investigating a case in which an18- year-old learner was stabbed by another learner at the Nelspruit Private College last week.
According to Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the learner was with a friend when he went to the bathroom. A few minutes later the friend heard the victim screaming in the bathroom and he rushed to see what was going on.
“He found another learner holding and stabbing the victim. The victim sustained injuries to his head and face. They reported the matter to the principal and paramedics were called in. He received immediate medical attention,” said Hlathi.
He said the police were investigating a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm while the motive for the attack was not yet known, No arrest have been made yet.
“According to the report from the school, the learner who was stabbed is in a stable condition and had since been discharged from hospital and is under the care of his parents,” Mpumalanga Department of Education spokesperson, Gerald Sambo, said.
“The perpetrator is on the run and the police are looking for him and investigating the incident after the parents opened a case. The school is also conducting its internal investigation,” said Sambo.
He said school safety remained the department’s key priority and he called on parents and communities to collaborate with the department in ensuring such.
“To further strengthen the safety of both schools and health institutions, the department will, in collaboration with the department of health, convene a safety Indaba on 23 August.”
The South African Democratic Teachers Union provincial secretary, Walter Hlayise, said: “We are saddened by the increasing incidents of violence in our schools, whether independent or public. This spike has led to many fatalities and it needs serious intervention.”