A Grade 10 pupil has shot and killed another pupil before taking his own life, said officials in Gauteng on Thursday. The tragic shooting took place on Wednesday, the first day of the 2022 academic year. The deceased pupils were both in Grade 10 at Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.
Reportedly the two pupils had an argument during school hours. Their quarrel led to one of the pupils shooting and killing the other outside the school premises. The shooter allegedly then turned the gun on himself.
Steve Mabona, the spokesperson for the Gauteng education department, said psycho-social unit officials had been sent to counsel those affected by the fatal incident.
“It is tragic to lose pupils at the hands of violence as the academic year begins. We wish to send our sincere condolences to the families of those pupils. We also urge our pupils to always refrain from any form of violent behaviour,” MEC Panyaza Lesufi said.
Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said they were investigating a murder case. According to Sello, the circumstances that led to the shooting is unclear at this stage.
In another case, a general assistant from Kwa-Phalo Primary School in Soweto was shot and killed on Thursday morning. The 49-year-old was shot at his workplace and declared dead on the scene.
“Our psycho-social unit has been dispatched to provide necessary trauma support and counselling to those affected by this incident,” Lesufi said.
“It is unfortunate to learn of such a tragic incident involving one of our dedicated general assistants. As the department, we send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and we plea with police authorities to ensure that justice is served in this case.”