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Johannesburg - An Eldorado Park Secondary school pupil who allegedly pointed a firearm at his teacher has been arrested, the Gauteng Education department confirmed on Thursday. 

The 15-year-old pupil, who is in Grade 8, was arrested a day after he drew out a firearm and started waving it about, threatening to shoot his teacher. 

The teacher managed to confiscate the firearm and hand it over to the Eldorado Police for investigation. 

The department's Steve Mabona in a statement said the pupil was arrested by Eldorado Park police on Thursday and charged with pointing of firearm and possession of dangerous weapon.

"Subsequently, the pupil was released into his parents’ custody. He will appear at the Kliptown Magistrates court on September 14, 2018.

This was confirmed by police spokesperson Captain Thinandavha Lufhugu. 

The School Governing Body (SGB) meanwhile, moved to immediately suspend the pupil and serve his parents with a notice of disciplinary hearing for Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Mabona added that the department's psycho-social Support team had also begun counselling the educator and those affected by the incident.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi meanwhile said: “We wish to reiterate that, school-based violence and other related misdemeanours will be expedited, and as such, we are indebted to the SGB for their swift action. 

"We have adopted a zero-nonsense tolerance approach towards delinquents, and will demonstrate no mercy towards lawlessness in and around our schools. Learners are encouraged to refrain from acts of misconduct in our schools." 

In a separate issue, the department confirmed it was currently searching for two unidentified pupils who were seen on the social media fighting with knives. 

"Our team will also act swiftly against these Learners.  More information will be shared in due course on this matter," Mabona confirmed.

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