The South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) is saddened by the death of a learner Archie Khumalo in a stabbing incident on Tuesday at Reti secondary, Mpumalanga. It is understood that the tragic altercation involved a Grade 9 Khumalo and Grade 10 Pupil when the former was fatally stabbed to death.

The alleged perpetrator handed himself over to the police and is due to appear in Busbuckridge Magistrates Court on Friday.

SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke said “The tragic consequences of the fatal stabbing are a testament to many challenges facing South Africa’s education system and society today.  We’d like to express our deepest condolences to the pupil’s family and friends during this difficult time. It is vital that teachers, parents and the community at large band together to point our youth in the right direction.

Our mission is to show learners that a life filled with further education guarantees a better future; this is the only way for pupils to transcend poverty, crime and desolation.”

The Union would like to express its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, fellow learners and hope justice will take place.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat