CT police monitor school after pupil stabbed to death

The incident occurred on the grounds of Leiden Secondary School on Monday.

FILE: A police van. Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - Police officers have been deployed to monitor a Delft high school where a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death.

The incident occurred on the grounds of Leiden Secondary School on Monday.

Three learners have been arrested.

The grade 9 learner was stabbed in the chest with a knife following an altercation with a fellow pupil in the same grade.

Authorities say the incident may be gang related.

The police's Noloyiso Rwexana says the boy died on scene.

“Police have arrested three learners between the ages of 16 and 18. A murder case is under investigation.”

The Western Cape Education Department says that counselling will be offered to traumatised teachers and pupils.

Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver says: “I can confirm that a grade 9 learner from the Leiden Secondary School in Delft was fatally stabbed with a knife during interval by another grade 9 learner. Details are sketchy, but the incident is believed to be gang related.”

Haido Mteto, the school’s former principal says that he's disgusted following the fatal stabbing.

“At the time when I was principal, gangsterism was a challenge. There were different kinds of gangs fighting against each other, taking over the community. Unfortunately, this would spill over into the school.”

Meanwhile, police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with an alleged gang-related stabbing at Crystal High School in Hanover Park last week.

About 10 to 12 alleged gang members stormed the school premises last week and stabbed a grade 11 girl in the back with a knife.

She survived the attack.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)