Cape Town – Pupils at Realogile High School in Alexandra, Johannesburg were on Thursday joined by learners from five other schools, as they took to the streets after a deputy principal was stabbed by a learner.
The Realogile High School deputy principal was stabbed by a 19-year-old learner at the school on Wednesday.
Following the incident, the learners were worried about their safety at school.
According to police spokesperson, Colonel Mavela Masondo, the learner got angry after being reprimanded for his poor attendance by the school principal together with the deputy principal, reported News24.
The learner allegedly then left the office to get a pair of scissors and when he came back, he attacked both the principal and the deputy, the report said.
Following the attack, the deputy received medical care and was saif to be recovering while the learner appeared at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court for the assault, said the report.
Gauteng Education Department spokesperson, Steve Mabona alleged that the learners were angered by the incident and began to demonstrate against the behaviour.
On Thursday, pupils at Realogile High School in Alexandra ran amok marching to four other high schools in the area, removing pupils from classes & mobilising them to join their march in solidarity with their deputy principal who was stabbed by a Grade 11 learner. pic.twitter.com/7a8yLwuaCq
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“Reports allege that learners from Realogile High School ran amok in Alexandra on Thursday morning, marching to five other high schools in the area, removing learners from their classes and mobilising them to join their march,” Mabona was quoted as saying.
However, Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi raised his concerns about the disruption of learning, especially with the ongoing preliminary exams for Grade 12, reported IOL.
“As the department, we are working tirelessly to ensure that learners are safe in all our schools. Indeed, it is concerning that some learners were reported to have even brandished firearms during the said unrest.
“We urge all learners to refrain from acts of misconduct at our schools, and use the appropriate channels to raise important matters,” the report quoted Lesufi as saying.
The report said police managed to restore order in the area and matriculants writing their preliminary examinations were not affected by the unrest.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe