Thursday, March 19, 2015

Police condemn learners carrying lethal weapons

Oscar Thomas
19 March 2015

The South African Police in Mpumalanga has condemned recent incidents of learners carrying lethal weapons and bringing them to school. This follows the death of a 15-year-old who was stabbed to death on school grounds.

Meanwhile in the Western Cape a 16-year-old has been arrested for stabbing to death an 18-year-old outside school premises in Kulisriver.

Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the victim was rushed to the local hospital for medical treatment and was later transferred to Pretoria due to the seriousness of the injuries he sustained.

Hlathi said he unfortunately succumbed on the way to Pretoria.

Hlathi said the suspect was traced and arrested the following morning, and kept at a place of safety. He appeared before the Amersfoort Magistrate’s Court Monday, 16 March 2015, facing a charge of murder and has been remanded in custody until 30 March 2015, pending further investigation.

Hlathi said the management further urges parents to participate in creating a safe and secure environment for learning at schools and to discourage their children from carrying dangerous weapons.

“Parents are also advised to conduct random searches of the school bags of their children” Hlathi added.

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