In a shocking turn of events, a heated exchange between two grade 11 learners at a local tuckshop in Galakwena village, Tinmyne Policing area in Limpopo on Wednesday evening resulted in a tragic death.
The incident occurred when one of the learners pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the other learner in the upper body before fleeing the scene.
The victim, identified as 17-year-old Eliya Phagowas, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries upon arrival. Phagowas was a promising grade 11 learner at Rakodubana High School in Bokwidi Village, loved by his peers and teachers alike.
According to Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the spokesperson for the Limpopo Police, the two teenagers were allegedly engaged in a heated argument at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening when the incident took place. Police investigations into the matter are currently underway to determine the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.
The 17-year-old suspect was apprehended on Thursday, September 21, 2023, after he was handed over to the Police by his family. The suspect is expected to make his appearance at the Mahwelereng Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, has condemned the incident in the strongest terms. She further emphasized that bullying, whether at school or anywhere else, is utterly unacceptable. Hadebe called upon learners to learn how to resolve their disagreements amicably without resorting to violence.