A chairperson of a school governing body in Mpumalanga recently appeared before the Emalahleni magistrate’s court on a murder charge after a 22-year-old man was killed during a meeting. According to a joint statement by the South African Police Services and the Mpumalanga Department of Education, violence erupted at the school meeting, leading to the young man being stabbed to death.
“Information at the disposal of the police indicates that the meeting was held at Duvhapark Primary School at Emalahleni, allegedly to address concerns by some community members. As the meeting was in progress, a scuffle broke out amongst attendees … resulting in the suspect allegedly stabbing another man. The victim was then taken to hospital for treatment where he later succumbed to his injuries,” said the Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
Hlathi said the police were notified about the incident and the 43-year-old SGB chairperson was arrested.
Acting Mpumalanga police commissioner, Major General Thulani Phahla condemned the incident and urged members of the public to desist from using violence to resolve conflicts and disagreements.
“One can never achieve anything good through violence. Instead, violent actions often breed devastating consequences such as the loss of life,” Phahla said.
The spokesperson Mpumalanga Department of Education, Jasper Zwane said officials will be deployed to the school to gather more information on the circumstances that led to the stabbing.
“These officials will thereafter table a report and advise on the course of action to be undertaken by the department. Furthermore, the department conveys its sincere condolences to the bereaved family, friends and relatives of the deceased man. May his soul rest in peace,” said Zwane.