by Safiyia Stanfley – DA Northern Cape Spokesperson of Education
Date: 14 September 2018
The DA is amplifying our call on SAPS and the Education Department to collaborate to better prevent violence in schools in the Northern Cape. This comes after a second stabbing at a Northern Cape school in just two weeks.
In the latest incident, a teacher was stabbed multiple times by a learner at a school in Kagung, in the Kuruman area. The teacher is believed to be in a serious condition in the Kuruman hospital.
Yesterday’s teacher stabbing in the province coincides with the fatal school stabbing of a teacher in Zeerust, in the North West, by a 17-year old learner. This, as school violence increasingly comes under the spotlight in the country and the province.
In the Northern Cape alone, there was a near fatal stabbing inside a classroom at High School Carlton Van Heerden in Upington last week, when two learners went at each other with knives. In July this year, a 17-year old learner at Makgolokwe Middle School at Batlharos Village, was shot dead. Meanwhile, in January of this year, a teacher from Bosele Middle School was stabbed to death at his house, by a learner who accused the teacher of failing him.
Earlier this week, the DA called on Northern Cape Police Commissioner, Rismati Shivuri, to take a proactive stance towards school violence and assign adequate police patrols to schools that have become crime hotspots in the Northern Cape.
Our call is now being amplified. We want SAPS and the Education Department to take hands to urgently identify problem schools.
We further call on MEC Martha Bartlett to also ensure that problem learners are identified, especially those who display early signs of anger. Proactive interventions through counselling must be made available, as must counselling for traumatized teachers.
The wellbeing of teachers and learners should never be taken for granted.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that schools become safe havens, where learning, and not violence, can flourish.
DA Northern Cape Spokesperson of Education
084 919 4157
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387