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education90News24 reports that Forest High School in the south of Johannesburg opened again on Thursday following the fatal stabbing of a pupil outside the school on Monday.  

Daniel Bakwela, 18, was stabbed to death outside the Turffontein school, allegedly by a fellow pupil.  Gauteng police have since arrested a pupil who was on the run after he allegedly stabbed three fellow pupils, leaving Bakwela dead and the other two pupils injured.  While the motive is unclear, pupils have reported that the suspect was defending himself when being attacked by the three pupils.  The Gauteng education department has since offered counselling to pupils and teachers.  It also indicated that it had requested the police to closely monitor the area around school.  The Star on Wednesday reported that conditions at the school were dire and akin to a prison.  "This school should be called 'Forest High Correctional Service'”, one pupil said, while another claimed that almost 99% of the school was “either on weed or some kind of a drug."  News24 quoted a pupil who said gang fights were the norm at the school and that Bakelwa and his friends were gang members who fought with the suspect's gang on a regular basis.

  • Read the full original of Riaan Grobler’s report on this story at News24

Read too, Gauteng education department asks SAPS to monitor Forest High School, following fatal stabbing, at News24

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