S.Africa: Chaos at school as one youth shoots another
- From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
[It is not clear what race the pupils were who did this. There is no
discipline in South African schools any more - for which I would
personally like to thank the ANC. Jan]
Chaos erupted at a high school in Eersterus on Monday when a youth was
gunned down, allegedly by a 17-year-old pupil from Eersterus Secondary
Shocked family members and school children stared in horror at the body
of 18-year-old Marcel Davis who was left to die in an open piece of veld
adjacent to the school.
It is believed the suspect is a Grade 11 pupil at Eersterus Secondary
School and that he is out on bail following an earlier murder charge.
Police Captain Piletji Sebola said such details could not be confirmed
until further investigations had been done.
'I do want to make a statement to reassure parents that everything is
According to information the suspect was approached by Davis and a friend
- neither of whom attend the school - during break-time on Monday
A concerned parent, who did not want to be identified, said he saw the
suspect and Davis's friend begin to argue on the playground. The argument
apparently had nothing to do with Davis.
"Next thing there was a lot of commotion. I started running to the spot
where all the schoolchildren were standing but I knew I was too late,"
said the parent.
It is believed the suspect opened fire on Davis and his friend when they
ran away. Davis was hit and collapsed. Paramedics were called to the
scene but could not save his life.
One of the parents said he was concerned about how such a tragedy could
"This is a child who was not even at the school. It appears he was
innocent and now he is dead.
"We definitely have a problem of outside children coming on to the
school's property during break-times and then starting fights with the
pupils," he said.
After the incident, the pupils were called to the quad area where
principal Dorothy Magardie explained what had happened before telling
them to go home.
It was unclear how the suspect managed to enter the school with a
The concerned parent claimed the suspect had informed school officials
that he had been threatened some time ago and that he carried the gun
with him for safety.
Davis's father, Canny Olifant, walked around shocked and dismayed at the
"I am traumatised by this," was all he managed to say.
Parents complained of a lack of security at the school, including the
fact that there were holes in the perimeter palisade fencing.
Magardie said security was a serious issue for the school and had been
discussed at several parent meetings.
"We know there is a problem and the relevant stakeholders have been
informed. The problem is a lack of funding," she said.
Magardie said she was not allowed to comment to the media but added: "I
do want to make a statement to reassure parents that everything is under
This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on May
Source: Independent Online (IOL)