A 17-year-old boy who attends a high school in Zeerust, North West, South Africa is facing a murder charge after allegedly stabbing a teacher to death on Thursday.
According to reports, the incident happened after 11:00 on Thursday. The teacher, aged 24, was in a classroom when the pupil allegedly walked in and stabbed him.
The teacher was rushed to Dinokana health centre where he was certified dead on arrival.
Photos of the boy brandishing a knife before carrying out the crime have now been released as well as photos of the injured teacher lying on his hospital bed before his death have also been shared online.
It was gathered that the teacher named Gadimang Daniel Mokolobate reprimanded the student on Wednesday, September 12, for skipping the queue at the school’s feeding programme. The next day, September 13, the boy arrived at school armed with the weapon.
The department of basic Education national spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, said:
“On Thursday, he didn’t come to school on time. He arrived at 11am and went into the classroom where other learners were writing.
Two teachers were in the classroom invigilating. He approached the teacher who had reprimanded him yesterday and stabbed him in the chest several times.”
The boy ran away shortly after stabbing his teacher but a security guard and other students tackled him.
According to the department, in March the suspect was given a warning for coming to school in possession of a knife.
Police confirmed that the teen was in police custody and would be charged with murder.