A 12-year-old pupil was arrested after he allegedly stabbed to death two fellow pupils, both aged 15, from the Vulindlela Primary School in Osizweni, near Newcastle on Thursday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
“The pupils were involved in a physical altercation and one of the pupils allegedly fetched a knife and stabbed two 15-year-old victims to death,” Major Thulani Zwane said.
“Local police were informed of the incident and arrested a 12-year-old pupil. A knife that was covered in blood was seized by police.”
Provincial education spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo confirmed the incident.
“The information we received was that two learners had a quarrel with the suspect who then went to fetch a knife. He then allegedly stabbed to death the two learners.”
Zwane said that in an unrelated incident, a 17-year-old pupil from Hlamvana High School in Esikhaleni was stabbed to death by a “known suspect” on Monday after they had an argument.
“The police are confident that the suspect will be arrested soon.”
KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, condemned the recent violence at schools in the province.
“Pupils are once again urged not to bring dangerous weapons to schools and disrupt learning because of unrelated conflicts that may exist. Those who fail to adhere with the school safety rules will be dealt with accordingly,” she said.