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Motshekga raises safety concerns following Stella school murders

Zanda Bylsma (19) is accused of hanging 17-year-old Marna Engelbrecht on the rails of the school staircase and strangling 16-year-old Sharnelle Hough in the bathrooms at the weekend.

16-year-old Sharnelle Hough and 17-year-old Marna Engelbrecht. Picture: Instagram/marnaengelbrecht

JOHANNESBURG – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has raised concerns about safety at a high school in Stella in the North West province after the murders of two pupils.

The 19-year-old Zanda Bylsma is accused of hanging 17-year-old Marna Engelbrecht on the rails of the school staircase and strangling 16-year-old Sharnelle Hough in the bathrooms at the weekend.

It is understood that Bylsma was the ex-boyfriend of one of the girls.

The minister has called for a tough sentence for those responsible.

Her spokesman Elijah Mhlanga says: “The circumstances around this do indicate that someone shouldn’t have had access to a certain area in the school, especially if it’s a boarding school.”

Bylsma appeared in the Vryburg magistrates court where his bail hearing was postponed to August.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)