An assailant gained entry at a school and attacked security guards in front of learners

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal has condemned in the strongest terms the violent attack that happened in broad daylight at Alston Primary School. According to preliminary reports, an assailant gained entry into the school premises through the pedestrian gate and attacked security and two other adult persons before opening fire randomly.

Head of Communications in the KZN Education Department, Muzi Mahlambi said the violent incident took place in full view of learners who were visibly shocked and traumatised by the chaotic scenes that happened.

“In a video obtained from a witness, the learners can be seen and heard screaming and running for cover. The assailant was subsequently overpowered and disarmed by ground staff who responded swiftly to arrest the escalating situation”.

Mahlambi added that the man was handed over to the police. “The Department has already dispatched a team of psycho-social workers to provide support to all affected”.

Education MEC Mbali Frazer condemned the violence and called upon all stakeholders to work together to make schools gun-free zones.

The police are investigating the matter.

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