Three ac­cused of killing fel­low learner to stay in cus­tody

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THREE ac­cused of stab­bing a fel­low pupil to death at a school in Mos­sel Bay will re­main in cus­tody af­ter their first court ap­pear­ance.

The pupils, aged 17 to 18, ap­peared in court yes­ter­day and are ex­pected to ap­ply for bail next week.

Po­lice spokesper­son Mal­colm Po­jie said the trio was ar­rested af­ter 16-year-old Khuselo Ndanda was stabbed at Hill­crest Sec­ondary School on Mon­day.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­veal that the trio at­tacked the de­ceased dur­ing first break. They took sev­eral (jabs) at the up­per body of the de­ceased, in­flict­ing mul­ti­ple knife stab wounds.

“Af­ter the vi­cious at­tack, the as­sailants jumped the school yard fence at the back of the premises and ran away. The se­ri­ously in­jured Khuselo man­aged to reach the of­fice block of the school, where he col­lapsed.

“Paramedics trans­ported him to hos­pi­tal, but en-route… he suc­cumbed to the in­juries sus­tained and was de­clared dead on ar­rival,” said Po­jie.

He said three sus­pects were ar­rested on Tues­day in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of 17-year-old Michaela Booy­sen, also a pupil at the school, who was robbed and killed early on Oc­to­ber 6 in Dy­willi Street, Asla Park.

Two sus­pects were re­leased be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence, he said. It was be­lieved that Booy­sen and her boyfriend, also 17, were on their way home when they were ac­costed.

“They de­manded their per­sonal be­long­ings, af­ter which a scuf­fle en­sued. Michaela was hit with a pick­axe han­dle against her head, and she suc­cumbed at the scene. The boyfriend was lucky to es­cape but was found dis­traught and ex­tremely trau­ma­tised,” Po­jie said.

He said the sus­pects fled with a pair of black Nike shoes be­long­ing to Michaela.

Po­jie said the 24-year-old sus­pect re­mained in cus­tody and would be charged. He was due to make his first court ap­pear­ance to­day in the Mos­sel Bay Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Mean­while, on Tues­day, safety at schools came un­der the spot­light in Par­lia­ment dur­ing a joint sit­ting of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tees of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and the po­lice.

This fol­lowed the stab­bing to death of a 17-year-old Grade 9 pupil at Thuto Tiro Com­pre­hen­sive School in Se­bo­keng, Johannesbu­rg, on Mon­day.

Yes­ter­day, a 15-year-old girl was re­port­edly ar­rested for al­legedly stab­bing and in­jur­ing a fel­low pupil at a high school in Isipingo, Dur­ban.

Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga said: “Our main prob­lem is learner-on-learner vi­o­lence, which is tak­ing place inside the class­room, so the is­sue of se­cu­rity guards and the po­lice are wel­come, but the key chal­lenge is what learn­ers do to each other.”

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