Hanover Park pupil stabbed in suspected gang-related incident

The grade 11 girl at Crystal Secondary School is in a stable condition, while learners who were involved in the incident have been suspended.

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CAPE TOWN - As Parliament hears details about school violence, a Hanover Park school is dealing with the stabbing of a pupil this week.

A grade 11 girl at Crystal Secondary School was stabbed in the back on Tuesday morning in a suspected gang-related incident.

She's in a stable condition, while learners who were involved in the incident have been suspended.

The Basic Education Department has briefed its parliamentary oversight committee on strategies to deal with school violence, such as corporal punishment and various forms of bullying.

Education MEC Spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the incident is believed to be linked to gang violence.

“At around 7:50 am on Tuesday morning, a group of 10 to 12 community members who are alleged gangster stormed the front gates of the school, bypassing the school security. It’s unclear what exactly transpired but a grade 11 learner was reportedly stabbed once in the back with a knife.”

TACKLING GANGS

For years, communities plagued by violent crime have been calling for the army to step in.

More recently, residents of Philippi East and Nyanga have demanded that South African National Defence Force be deployed as they feel police have been failing them.

On Tuesday, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille called for the army deployed to crime-plagued areas in the province.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula also requested the army's support to assist with crime-fighting in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, Mbalula referenced violent crimes related to gangsterism as a grave concern.

Additional reporting by Kevin Brandt.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)