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Thaba-Jabula Secondary learner stabbed four times dies in hospital

A Grade 10 learner who was stabbed by another learner at Thaba-Jabula Secondary School in Pimville, Soweto on Thursday has died. 

The deceased was stabbed by a Grade 9 pupil during recess and later  passed away in hospital.


According to the Gauteng Department of Education, the incident took place on school premises during break time on Thursday, 12 May. 

It is alleged that the Grade 9 learner was defending his younger brother from being bullied by the deceased Grade 10 learner. He then reportedly stabbed the learner four times during the fight and fled the scene.

The injured learner was rushed to a nearby medical facility by an educator and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at about 17:00 while receiving medical attention.


Police were called and the culprit was arrested. The Gauteng Department of Education dispatched Psycho-Social Officials today on Friday, 13 May 2022 to provide necessary counselling and support to learners and educators at the school.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson, Steve Mabona said the process could not go ahead as some parents stormed the school demanding the release of learners. 

“Subsequently, school has been dismissed for the day because some learners began fighting among themselves,” Mabona said 

Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi said they  strongly condemn the violent behaviour that took place at Thaba-Jabula Secondary School. 

“Accordingly, we always encourage learners to report incidents of bullying so that disciplinary action is taken against perpetrators, revenge cannot be a solution. 

“This is to appeal to parents to allow schooling to resume on Monday, so that the necessary support is provided to the school community. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased learner.”

Panyaza Lesufi

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