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In a surprising turn of events, a 13-year-old pupil is now in custody after shooting the principal at Primrose Primary School in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld for ethical reasons, and the South African Police Service swiftly apprehended the individual. Meanwhile, the injured principal is receiving treatment at a Johannesburg hospital.

Investigation Underway to Uncover Circumstances

Police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi confirmed the incident, stating that the circumstances leading to the shooting remain unknown. An investigation has been initiated to trace the origin of the firearm, now in police possession. The pupil is expected to appear before the Germiston magistrate’s court in the near future.

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A Disturbing Pattern Emerges

This incident is not an isolated case, as past occurrences reveal a disturbing pattern. In 2022, a 16-year-old pupil in KwaZulu-Natal shot and wounded a teacher following an argument at Mqhawe Secondary School in Ntuzuma. Another student from Tembisa took the life of his teacher due to academic failure.

Online Outrage and Concerns

South Africans took to social media platforms to express shock and concern over the incident at Primrose Primary School.

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King James: “How did this little boy get a gun?”

Maswazi: “Corporal punishment was banished. These are the consequences. Unlike us, while growing up and attending school, we respected our teachers and any older person you’d come across. For a 13-year-old to take a gun from home, or wherever, and get it to school to shoot a principal…”

Thizozo: “Let’s see if parents will run to the school and blame teachers like they always do.”


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