Conflict between a group of schoolboys turned violent when they descended on an innocent learner from Hoërskool Patriot in Witbank, in Mpumalanga, Witbank News reports.
It is not yet clear what the gangsters’ agenda was, but it is being investigated by the police and parents of the victim.
According to a trusted source, a group of learners from another high school went to Hoërskool Patriot on Tuesday, December 6, to go ‘sort out’ a problem with a learner of the school.
It was alleged that the assaulted boy was on his way to the taxi rank after school when he saw a girl pointing at him. Suddenly, a group of boys came towards him. The girl who pointed at the innocent victim repeatedly asked him where his friend was, as they were after him.
It was found that the boy they were looking for did not pitch for school and got the absent boy’s best friend trapped in a corner. The girl allegedly said to the group of boys that the victim must take the punishment for what his friend had done.
The father of the assaulted victim said he would release a statement of the incident after all information and investigation was done.
“I wish I could tell you the whole story, but I am still waiting for a meeting with the station commissioner of the police,” said the father, who wishes to stay anonymous to protect his child.
Witbank police spokesperson Sergeant David Ratau said: “We know the schools have their own investigations, but when the school receives a complaint from a learner, especially with assault, theft and sexual harassment, then the school needs to contact the ‘Adopt a Cop’ to intervene.”
“I did not receive any complaint yet, as no one came in contact with me about this incident,” the principal of Hoërskool Patriot, Vink Marias, said.
It was also shown in the video footage that the incident did not take place on the school’s premises.
“If you commit any crime, whether you are in school uniform or not, you will be arrested and charged with the relevant crime,” Ratau added.
On the video footage taken by an unknown learner, it is shown clearly how the gang assaulted the boy.
– Caxton News Service