Teen suspect due in court for murder of Zeerust teacher

The incident happened last week at a school in Zeerust in full view of pupils who were writing an exam.

Gadimang Mokolobate was allegedly stabbed to death by a student at a Zeerust school. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - A 17-year-old North West boy is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday for allegedly stabbing his teacher to death at a school.

The incident happened last week at a school in Zeerust in full view of pupils who were writing an exam.

It is alleged that the teacher had reprimanded the pupil the day before the fatal attack.

Meanwhile, in Gauteng, a 15-year-old boy from an Eldorado Park secondary school appeared in court on Friday after he pointed a gun at his teacher.

Teachers' union Sadtu is calling on the Basic Education Department to ensure the safety of teachers at schools.

Another union, Naptosa, has also criticised the department, saying that it isn't doing enough to protect teachers against abuse from pupils at schools.

The union's Basil Manuel says: "The Education Department needs to take the issue of discipline for more seriously.

There is no protection for the teacher after the fact. After you have complained, you go back in and very often the same youngster is back in your class as the hero, not as the perpetrator."

However, the Basic Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga says that it is not the time to point fingers.

"You are in a difficult position as you end up being a guardian as opposed to being a teacher, that's why we think that parents need to know what their children are carrying [sic]. In this case, the learner in the North West did not go to school on time, in fact, he was going much later, and the parents were there and asking him why are you not going to school as per normal. He said that he'll go to school at about 11[am] when he knew that that was the time that he was going to stab the teacher at school.”

Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)