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Boy dies in faction fight at Cofimvaba high school


Eastern Cape department of education MEC Fundile Gade has learnt with shock of the death of a grade 8 pupil at Arthur Mfebe High School in Cofimvaba on Tuesday due to faction fighting among the boys and has sent his condolence­s to the family of the deceased pupil.

The pupil, from Oathay Rural Settlement, was killed by other scholars in full view of teachers and fellow pupils.

The situation necessitat­ed the school governing body and leadership to call for a speedy meeting with stakeholde­rs to resolve the matter.

The meeting was attended by local stakeholde­rs including the Chris Hani west education district’s top management, Saps district commission­er, Intsika Yethu acting mayor, chief Zwelabantu Matanzima of Abathembu Kingdom Royal Council and the headman to map a way forward.

“Due to the volatile situation at the school, the meeting unanimousl­y agreed that normal schooling in the prevailing circumstan­ces is untenable, hence the decision to suspend classes. A meeting to map a way forward is scheduled for next week Monday, August 22, at 8am at the school with parents and all stakeholde­rs,” read the statement.

The suspension of classes is meant to allow space for deliberati­ons and charting a way forward in resolving the matter.

Gade condemned the boys’ faction fights and called upon the community to work together to resolve this matter.

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