Parent in the province have called for regular police raids and visits to schools to prevent violent incidents following another death on school premises.
Mpendulo Mzulwini, 19, died at the Isipingo hospital on Saturday after he was stabbed at his school at Egagasini Secondary School, in Umlazi on Friday.
Mzulwini was stabbed after two assailants from outside the school entered and confronted him about his quarrel with a fellow pupil. Other reports say they wanted the R500 he was carrying for his matric dance.
They later stabbed him several times in front of other pupils before fleeing the school premises. Although teachers and pupils were at school in Egagasini yesterday, the situation was tense. The pupil who was the source of the dispute with Mzulwini was not at school.
Police said yesterday they are investigating the incident but had not arrested any suspects.
One of Mzulwini’s close relatives, refused to talk to the press yesterday about the incident.
Reginald Chiliza, chairperson of KZN School Governing Bodies Association, said there was concern about the high number of incidents of violence in schools in KwaZulu-Natal. “
We are calling on the MEC for Safety and Community Liaison (Willies) Mchunu to send in the police who would occasionally visit the school to conduct raids to search for weapons.
We are also concerned about how vagrants and criminals are using schools as dens to conduct their criminal activities.” Chiliza said a pupil at a nearby school was also stabbed by outside criminals but survived.
“The issue of weapons being carried by pupils to school is a recipe for disaster. We have also seen a number of incidents in KwaMashu where pupils have brought dangerous weapons to schools and continued to perpetrate acts of violence.
The principal at the school, Thoko Mqwathi, said the school was still trying to piece together what had led to the stabbing.
KZN Education MEC Senzo Mchunu has conveyed his condolences to the family of a schoolboy who was stabbed to death in Umlazi.
“We are deeply saddened by [his] sudden death. Our hearts go out to the family, his siblings and his schoolmates,” Mchunu said yesterday.
Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa, said pointing fingers at the department for violence in schools would not help and parents and pupils should work together with the department to bring an end to the violence.
“We have been saying that schools mirrored what is happening in societies around them.
“If our society is violent this would be reflected in surrounding schools. We should all pull up our sleeves to change this.”