Sunday, 4 June 2006

Schoolboy stabbed to death in Pretoria

Fana Peete

June 03 2006 at 02:52PM

The scourge of school violence came to Pretoria's CBD on Friday when a teenage schoolboy was stabbed to death, allegedly by a fellow pupil, near the Pretoria railway station.

Both youngsters were enrolled as students at the Bright Future College. The stabbing took place on the corner of Minnaar and Paul Kruger streets just after midday. Reporters arrived at the scene just after the incident.

The victim had been stabbed in the chest and paramedics struggled to resuscitate him, to no avail. He was declared dead a short while later. The teachers at Bright Future College refused to talk about the incident.

However, friends of the victim said the fighting started at school and the attacker waited for the victim near the Pretoria Museum and stabbed him with a knife. He then fled the scene.

Police spokesperson Inspector Anton Breedt confirmed that a case of murder was being investigated. No arrests had been made.

The killing comes a few weeks after the death of Thulani Shisana (15), who was shot and killed while having lunch with friends at Sikhanyisele Primary School in Mamelodi. Shisana's friend Mandla Masombuka (13) was hit in the stomach by the same bullet.

Another pupil, Thulani Soyizwapi (16), died after being stabbed at the gates of Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch - allegedly by a 15-year-old pupil of the same school.

This article was originally published on page 2 of Pretoria News on June 03, 2006


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