A 19-year-old boy allegedly stabbed to death a fellow pupil at Forest High School in Turffontein, Johannesburg, last week, and a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death, allegedly by a fellow 15-year old pupil, outside the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. They were from a school in Woodstock and were wearing their uniforms.
The Western Cape Education Department said there had been 18 stabbing incidents since the beginning of the school year.
A spokesperson for the WCED department, Bronagh Hammond, did not include the killing in Cape Town when she said: “It is fortunate that no one has been fatally wounded so far.”
Patrick Solomons, director and social worker at Molo Songololo, a Children’s Rights organisation, blamed the violence on violence in larger society.