Tragedy has struck once again at Solomon Mahlangu High School. 
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Schoolyard tragedy


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The community of Modimolle has closed ranks in collective mourning over the violent passing of schoolboy Thabo Mashiane.

The 19-year-old was allegedly stabbed to death by a fellow learner, Errol Mapholo, at Solomon Mahlangu High School, following an argument.

The SAPS said in a statement there were allegations the two Grade 12 boys were involed in gambling on the school premises, and were summoned to headmaster, Stephen Majapholo’s office.

The SAPS condemned schoolyard violence in the “strongest possible terms.” 

The police said in the statement that shortly after the intervention by the school’s leadership, with the twosome on the way back to the classes. “the suspect stabbed the deceased with a sharp instrument, killing him instantly.” 

Mapholo was expected to appear for the second time in the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court midweek, for a formal bail application. 

Sources close to the tragedy have indicated community-based structures, among them the local church leadership, have joined hands to assist wherever possible.

In recent weeks social workers have reportedly attended to both educators and learners, and by Monday, 11 September, classes were back to normal.

A psychologist was also expected to pay a visit to the school on the Monday.

Limpopo MEC for education, Ishmael Kgetjepe, said in a statement: “This is an unfortunate situation to happen in the school, and acts of violence in schools are condemned in the strongest (possible) terms.”

The official opposition DA called on the MEC to urgently upgrade security at all schools.

6 months ago       14 September 2017