Grade eight pupil charged with murder
January 19, 2018
Northern Cape, South Africa: Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says violence in schools will not be tolerated after condemning the stabbing of a teacher at Bosele Middle School in Manyeding Village near Kuruman in the Northern Cape, allegedly at the hands of a pupil.
Motchekga described the incident as horrific.
According to reports, a 15-year-old Grade eight pupil from the Northern Cape allegedly stabbed a teacher to death at his home.
42-year-old Kingston Vhiya was at his home when the grade eight pupil allegedly hit him with a stone on his chest before stabbing him to death.
The Grade eight pupil has been charged with murder.
“The holistic education of our learners is a societal matter, and we all as communities, parents and guardians need to instil in our children the notion that violence is not the answer. Problems will not be solved through violence.” Said Motshekga.
The matter is still under police investigation and some details are yet to emerge, “but this form of violence needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” she added.
On Thursday this week, Provincial MEC for Education Martha Bartlett visited the family of the slain teacher and the school to find out if there are any particular challenges that need to be addressed.
Psycho-social services will also be provided to the learners.
Motshekga said they are aware that the area in Kuruman, where the learner is from, faces a number of social challenges, such as a high number child-headed households, the break-down of the family structure, poverty and substance abuse, among others.
“This therefore makes the role of the community and relevant government entities, in supporting our young people to mitigate these challenges ever more important,” she said.