Grade 9 learner at Leiden High stabbed to death in gang related rivalry

A grade 9 learner was stabbed to death with a knife allegedly by a fellow pupil in the same grade at Leiden High school in Delft.

Three learners have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing.

According to Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, this is part of the on going gang related activities that are prevalent in the area and affecting the school.

She says according to the information she received, the deceased was also part of the gang.

We are doing what we can but this is shocking indeed.

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

We are really trying but the fact of the matter is that we need more policing. I wish they could bring back the gang unit which was introduced in 2015 to deal with these issues because children at school are a broader problem in society, they are the junior members of the gang but what's being done about the senior members of the gangs.

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

Former Principal at Leiden High School, Haido Mteto says gangsterism in the area has always been a problem as it spills over into the schools.

He says children still in primary school level are also pulled into these gang related activities, which is a big challenge.

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