KZN pupils to remain in custody

The pupils are accused of stabbing 18-year-old Bongani Nkabinde to death with a spear.

Footage of a KwaZulu-Natal pupil being beaten and speared to death by his fellow classmates. Picture: Daily Sun

JOHANNESBURG - Four KwaZulu-Natal pupils will remain in police custody following the murder of their classmate while the fifth accused, who is a minor, will be taken to a place of safety.

Bongani Nkabinde (18) was stabbed to death with a spear during an altercation with his classmates at Sizimele High School.

Video footage of the incident went viral after it was posted online.

Police are still investigating the motive for the murder, but it's understood the fight was over a girl.

There are also apparently two rival gangs at the school who are known for bringing homemade weapons to class.

Initially, three pupils were arrested in connection with the murder.

But this week, two others were added to the charge sheet.

The incident has raised further concerns around safety in South African schools.

A major initiative was launched last week between the Department of Education, Crimeline and the police to stop what appears to be a growing scourge of school violence in the country.

Last month, a group of pupils from Pretoria West High School arrived at Hoƫrskool Langenhoven armed with pangas, knives and axes.

They were apparently looking to settle a score.

During the fight, one boy was attacked with a panga, which sliced off most of his ear while three others were also injured.

In another incident last month, a grade 11 pupil from the Kgothalang Secondary School in Bekkersdal was stabbed to death by a fellow pupil.

In a separate incident, a 14-year-old Jim Fouche Primary School pupil allegedly punched his 41-year-old female teacher at the Johannesburg school after he was asked to take off his jersey because it was not part of the school uniform.

In September, a Glenvista High School pupil assaulted his teacher with a chair and broom while his classmates filmed the attack.

In total, 15 pupils were suspended at the Johannesburg south school.

Shortly after the video went viral, a Sasolburg High School teacher was allegedly shot in the leg by a 15-year-old boy who brought a gun to school.