Concerns have been raised over the rate of brutality, violence and gangsterism taking place in various schools across the country.
In a latest report, a school deputy Principal in Duduza, Nigel, Gauteng was shot dead while in his school office.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi tweeted on Tuesday with Education department spokesperson Steve Mabona confirming it and saying the deputy Principal was shot within the school premises on Tuesday morning.
“It is with great sadness to inform you of a Edalinceba Primary School (principal) in Duduza who was shot dead in his office at school at about 11am this morning. MEC Lesufi is on his way there.”
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela also confirmed the shooting but said he would provide further information once he had arrived at the scene.
Meanwhile, following recent bullying incidents at various schools in Gauteng, MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned that anyone who wants to bully and harm other learners will be removed from their school.
“These children knew that I was out of the country and they started to misbehave, bullying, killing each other and doing wrong things, but I want to tell them I’m back,”
Lesufi said while speaking at the Klipspruit-West Secondary School where he had been part of a clean-up campaign called “I Care, We Care” with members of the community, aimed at creating awareness and the protection of public property.
Lesufi further warned that bullying and violence in schools were non-negotiable and that the department needed to defend the rights of learners who were in those schools.
This comes after a bullying incident at the Noorderlig Gekombineerde Skool in Benoni, where a 13-year-old boy died after complaining of severe headaches.
Explaining the cause of the teenage death, Police spokesperson Colonel Mack Mngomezulu said that the boy was assaulted on September 4 and had reported the matter to the principal.
He was allegedly again assaulted on 14 September and was found dead by his mother on 19 September.
“I’m deeply, deeply worried about that case. It is a matter that I’m attending to personally, as of tomorrow we are receiving various reports. We must ensure that this matter is attended to and does not re-occur,” Lesufi said.
Similarly, Western Cape police have confirmed that schools in Manenberg have now cancelled all school excursions. Previously they had to use police escorts.
This new rule follows the recent shootings in the area which has forced a group of volunteers running poetry, dance and tennis activities at Manenberg Primary to halt lessons.