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Family ‘hurt’ by school shooting

Minister Angie Motshekga says she will discuss school safety with MECs in all provinces.

EWN's Alex Eliseev interviews the mother of the learner who shot and killed a fellow pupil at Phineas Xulu Secondary School. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
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VOSLOORUS - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday said she will discuss school safety with MECs in all nine provinces, following the murder of an alleged bully at an East Rand school. 

The son of a policewoman allegedly stole her gun and used it to shoot a fellow pupil at Phineas Xulu Secondary School in Vosloorus on Tuesday.

The teenager is in police custody and is expected to appear in court on Thursday. 

The mother of the grade 11 pupil who was arrested said her firearm was always locked in a safe, and that she had no idea how it landed in her son's hands.

“The gang is a huge group, so he couldn’t fight them.”

The boy's uncle said he was quiet and spent his afternoons playing video games.

“We are very hurt about this. Not actually about our child only, but for the deceased also.”

It has emerged the school was aware of the bullying and was trying to address it. 

Teaching is expected to resume today, with more counselling is on the cards for teachers and students.

Matric exams at the school were not disrupted by the incident.

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