Cape Town – A 16-year-old learner from KwaZulu-Natal was reportedly arrested after he allegedly shot and injured a teacher following an altercation at Mqhawe Secondary School in Ntuzuma, a report said on Tuesday.
The learner allegedly shot the teacher, 30, at about 11:30 on Thursday last week after he reprimanded him for making noise during matric exam, police said.
After being reprimanded, the learner allegedly threatened to shoot the teacher when school was out, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala, according to IOL.
“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,” the report quoted Gwala as saying.
KZN Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they were shocked by the incident and called for the community to assist in dealing with learners’ behaviour.
Mhlambi said the department was concerned about safety at schools as this was not the first time an educator was killed near or on the school premises, said the report.
In June, a student teacher was shot in the head at a Newlands West Durban school. The teacher later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.