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Probe into Katlehong school shooting under way

Lesufi was at Izibuko Primary School where the child was hit by a stray bullet in an alleged drive-by shooting while waiting outside after returning from a school trip.

Slain grade six pupil Rethabile Rapuleng. Picture: Edwin Ntshidi/EWN

KATLEHONG/JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said they were currently investigating the circumstances which led to the killing of a grade six pupil Rethabile Rapuleng in Katlehong.

Lesufi was at Izibuko Primary School where the child was hit by a stray bullet on Thursday in an alleged drive-by shooting while waiting outside after returning from a school trip.

An unknown man was also killed in the shooting.

Lesufi said the motive for the attack was not yet known.

“People are trying to gather information. I am in discussions with the family and leadership of the school in trying to get a briefing so that we can find a mechanism of supporting both the family and school.”

The child was standing at the school gate when she was hit by a stray bullet.

Teaching and learning have not been disrupted at the school.

It’s understood the pupil died at a local hospital on Thursday morning while one person belonging to a taxi association died during the shooting.

'WE HAVE PLANTED A SEED OF VIOLENCE IN CHILDREN'

A team of counsellors has been sent to a school in Katlehong where the learner died.

Lesufi said: “The thing that hurts me the most is that we have planted a seed of violence in the minds of our children.”

Lesufi also visited Rapuleng's family to offer his condolences.

He assured them that government would act swiftly to make sure that arrests are made.