UPDATE: One pupil killed in KZN after 2 school stabbing incidents

A grade 11 pupil from the Eastwood Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg was stabbed on Tuesday afternoon allegedly by fellow pupils after an earlier altercation.

FILE: Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu is expected to visit the school later on Wednesday. Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - One pupil has been killed after two incidents of stabbings at a KwaZulu-Natal school in yet another wave of school violence.

A grade 11 pupil from the Eastwood Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg was stabbed on Tuesday afternoon allegedly by fellow pupils after an earlier altercation, who then died.

On Wednesday morning, the provincial education spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa told Eyewitness News there was an apparent revenge attack where one of the suspects in that matter was killed, allegedly by friends of the deceased grade 11 pupil. This pupil is currently in hospital in a critical condition.

Earlier on Wednesday, the KZN education department said two pupils were killed, and that MEC Kwazi Mshengu was expected to visit the school on Wednesday afternoon. They have now clarified that one student is still in hospital.

At least three cases of stabbings at schools were reported last week alone.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested for stabbing her classmate in Isiphingo, south of Durban.

A 16-year-old boy was also stabbed at a high school in Mossel Bay also, allegedly by three fellow pupils.

Another pupil died after being stabbed by a schoolmate with a pair of scissors at the Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng, in the Vaal.