School suspends 9 learners caught on video ‘fighting with pangas’

School suspends 9 learners caught on video ‘fighting with pangas’

- A disconcerting video shows a group of Limpopo learners engaged in a "street fight"

- Some of them appear to be brandishing pangas

- Their school has suspended 9 of the learners

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An unsettling viral video shows learners at Tlakale Mashashane Secondary School in Limpopo engaged in a "street fight" while apparently brandishing pangas.

The incident happened on Friday, 19 October, according to TimesLIVE. The school has since suspended nine of the learners, gathered.

A Facebook user, Lesetja Ras Mhlaba Yonke, shared the video on his profile. It shows the learners gathered in a dusty field, apparently outside their school.

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Some are seen carrying objects in their hands believed to be pangas. There is much screaming as the students run from the alleged wielders of the objects.

Sam Makondo, Limpopo's provincial education spokesperson, confirmed that investigations into the incident are underway. He could not ascertain if the objects were indeed pangas.

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Makondo condemned the incident in strong terms:

We view this in a very serious light and condemn any form of violence both inside and outside the school.
This unfortunate incident is completely unacceptable in our communities and our schools and that’s why we prohibit the carrying of dangerous weapons in schools.

It's still unclear what sparked the mass brawl. One learner was reportedly injured in the melee that ensued.

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