School violence is reaching worrying levels and even the Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, is worried about the state of South Africa's schools. The most recent incident of school violence led to the suspension of 4 pupils.
Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC, once again repeated that the Department of Education will not tolerate violence in schools.
A report by EWN indicates that Lesufi is worried that since the start of the academic year, there have already been 2 incidents of school violence.
He wants schools to address this problem immediately.
Lesufi says it is important that pupils know violence is not a problem-solving method.
They must know that you don’t solve problems through violence in our schools. They must know that you don’t hate another person purely because of the colour of their skin and that where there are differences, they must be reported they must not take the matter into their own hands, and that’s what we’re doing in this case.
This comes after 4 learners were suspended after a video of a school fight went viral.
Briefly.co.za reported that the incident reportedly took place at Hoërskool President in the south of Johannesburg on Tuesday.
TimesLIVE reported that Lesufi paid a visit to the school and has since released a statement. Lesufi said it was unclear what sparked the confrontation, but four learners involved were suspended immediately after the incident took place.
He added that he feared it would spark more racial tension since the fight took place between a white and a black boy.
I’m very reluctant to use race and I’m also reluctant to enter the domain of who is right and who is wrong.
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