Lesufi condemns ‘violent conduct, assaults or bullying’ at Gauteng schools

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  • A Grade 11 boy learner from Anchor Comprehensive allegedly stabbs another Grade 12 leaner.
  • Group of learners at Letsibogo Secondary School in Meadowlands attack a learner on Monday.
  • Parents called upon to play their role and talk to their children.


14 April 2021

PretoriaLIVE/Staff Reporter

Gauteng – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called for swift investigations into the spike in issues of ill-discipline and violence at schools in the province.

Lesufi also condemned recent acts of violence and ill-discipline by learners at Gauteng schools following several recent reports of violent acts by learners, some of which were captured on social media.

“First of all, I need to make it clear that our schools can never be sites of violent conduct, assaults or bullying. Violence has no place at our schools and we call on school management to work with parents and the Department to ensure we bring these acts of ill-discipline and misconduct to a swift end.”.

MEC Lesufi said

Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona said: “A Grade 11 boy learner from Anchor Comprehensive allegedly stabbed a Grade 12 boy learner from Emadwaleni Secondary School in Orlando West. Reasons for the violent act are still unknown and a case has been opened with the SAPS.”

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Mabona added that his Department has sent psycho-social support to the school to assist all those affected by the stabbing incident.

“The Grade 11 learner has been suspended with immediate effect, pending a disciplinary process in due course.”

The stabbing incident followed social media reports over the past few days showing videos where two grade 10 girl learners are engaged in violent conduct in what appears to be the school toilets at Dinwiddie High School in Germiston.

“Information at our disposal indicates that this incident took place on Monday and the school intervened immediately. Following preliminary investigations on Wednesday, one learner was placed on precautionary suspension as per the school’s Code of Conduct and the parents of both learners were duly appraised,” lamented Mabona.

In another video of alleged school bullying, a group of learners at Letsibogo Secondary School in Meadowlands were captured seemingly fighting another learner with dreadlocks on Monday.

“Educators intervened and parents were called to the school on Tuesday. After deliberations, one learner was suspended and while the other is currently receiving counselling from our psycho-social support unit.”

“Our schools should be the centres of excellence and 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,” Lesufi added.

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