Tebogo Msimanga |
The Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday spoke strongly against recent acts of violence and ill-discipline by learners at Gauteng schools. Lesufi called for swift investigations into the spike in issues of ill-discipline at schools in the province.
“First of all, I need to make it abundantly clear that our schools can never be sites of violent conduct, assaults or bullying. On Thursday 15 April 2021, a Grade 11 boy learner from Anchor Comprehensive allegedly stabbed a Grade 12 boy learner from Emadwaleni Secondary School in Orlando West,Soweto.
Gauteng Education Spokesperson Steven Mabona said reasons for the violent act are still unknown and a case has been opened with the SAPS. “The Grade 11 learner has been suspended with immediate effect, pending a disciplinary process in due course.”
In another video of alleged school bullying, a group of learners at Letsibogo Secondary School in Meadowlands, Soweto, were captured seemingly fighting another learner with dreadlocks. The incident is alleged to have taken place on Monday 12 April 2021 where two Grade 12 learners fought each other after school outside the school premises.
“Our schools should be the centres of excellence, not sites of violence and other anti-social behavior. We call on parents to play their role and talk to their children, as well, about ill-discipline and violence as this is a societal challenge,” MEC Lesufi added.