Sadtu concerned by Satanism in schools

Angie Motshekga joined faith-based organisations on Sunday for a prayer service to address the problem.

FILE: Angie Motshekga joined faith-based organisations on Sunday for a prayer service to address the problem.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) says acts of Satanism and related crimes are on the rise in South African schools particularly in Gauteng and there needs to be more awareness about this.

On Sunday, school principals led by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga joined faith-based organisations for a prayer service to address the problem.

In the most recent reported incident the bodies of two pupils were found in Dobsonville in Soweto with cuts on their hands and necks, two burnt black candles and razor blades were also found on the scene.

It's suspected the pair was killed as part of a satanic ritual.

Sadtu's Mugwena Maluleke says Gauteng appears to be the worst affected by these crimes.

"It's a reality that it's increasing in our schools so we need to wake up as a country and confront it with education as a tool to say to our people that this can't go on."