Action demanded as learner stabbed outside Pretoria school for her phone

The perpetrators are said to have settled on top of the mountain in Capital Park, from where they prey on their victims.

 Photo: Langenhoven High School/ Facebook

The Gauteng education department has confirmed that a grade 12 girl was stabbed outside Langenhoven High School on Friday after she reportedly refused to hand over her cellphone to four robbers.

According to education department spokesperson Steve Mabona, the learner was rushed to hospital and was in a stable condition.

Mabona said police were investigating.

DA Gauteng community safety spokesperson Crezane Bosch called on the Gauteng department of education and the department of community safety to take action.

She said the stabbing came after numerous incidents had been reported over the last three years of learners, teachers, security guards and general workers being attacked and assaulted outside the school premises.

“No arrests and no prosecutions have been made in any of the reported cases.”

Action demanded as learner stabbed outside Pretoria school for her phone
Photo: Langenhoven High School/ Facebook.

According to Bosch, the perpetrators were believed to have settled on top of the mountain in Capital Park, from where they preyed on their victims.

“They also seem to have found hideaway trails in the Apies river spruit next to the school that leads to Marabastad.”

Bosch said the safety of learners and teachers at the school was under threat.

According to Bosch, the learner was “fighting for her life”.

She said criminal cases had been reported to both the Wonderboom and Central police stations.

No arrests have been made.

Action demanded as learner stabbed outside Pretoria school for her phone
Photo: Langenhoven High School/ Facebook.

“There is still no police visibility around the school to prevent crime and ensure the safety of the school and the surrounding community,” she said.

“There also seems to be no certainty as to under which police station’s jurisdiction the school falls.”

It is situated opposite the Pretoria zoo on the border of Capital Park and Pretoria Central in ward 58.

Bosch said a school and its surroundings were supposed to be safe spaces where children could learn and play without fearing for their lives.

The children, however, sprayed graffiti on the walkway past the mountain from the school towards Capital Park to warn each other to be alert as it is a high crime area.

She said the DA had inspected the area and demanded that the department of community safety launch a joint operation to monitor and clean up the mountain and Apies river spruit of any criminal elements.

“The department must also implement footpath patrols with horses during the week when children are at their most vulnerable.”

Bosch said the DA would further meet with the school management soon, to obtain a full list of all cases reported.

“We will also be writing to the Gauteng community safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko and the SAPS provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela with proposals on how to address this problem.”

She said the attacks on children and teachers in the area must be addressed urgently before somebody died.

“This cannot continue. The DA will do everything in its power to assist the community to bring an end to this ongoing violence.”

The metro, together with Capital Park Residents and Ratepayers Association (Caprra), recently launched a cleaning campaign in Paul Kruger Street between Malherbe Street and Langenhoven High School.

According to Tshwane mayor Randall Williams, they managed to collect and dispose of around 750 refuse bags full of waste.

“The walkway was overgrown and bore the marks of littering and illegal dumping. As a result, this rendered the journey for learners and other pedestrians unsafe and unhygienic.

“The campaign also focused on issues of general safety for pedestrians and learners in the area. We will look at engaging the Tshwane metro police to help by increasing visibility in the area,” Williams said.

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