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Neighborhood wants to cooperate with police in ‘dodgy area’ after student stabbed

The grade 12 student who was rushed to hospital on Friday after being stabbed four times has been released from hospital and is recovering at home.

On Monday, local residents, politicians and police gathered at Langenhoven High School to discuss how to proceed after the student was stabbed.

The stabbing outside Langenhoven High School occurred on the same day as a student was stabbed outside a school in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. That student, a 15-year-old boy, later died of his injuries.

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Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng spokesman for Community Security, Crezane Bosch, said the injured Langenhoven High School student has been released from hospital.

Bosch said a meeting was held to discuss proposals to form a joint operations team from several government sectors to tackle crime in the area.

“The meeting was attended by Crime Intelligence, Metropolitan Police, the Central Police Station and some community members in the area. We inspected the walkway from Struben Street on the Apies River to Capital Park, on Paul Kruger Avenue, where the incident took place,” she said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the police to ensure community safety is a priority,” she said.

Police spokesman Colonel Dimakatso Sello said a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened at Wonderboompoort police station after the 17-year-old teenager was stabbed.

“The circumstances leading to the incident are unknown at this stage as the police investigation continues,” he said.

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Pretoria resident Andries Pretorius said it has been dangerous in that area since the 1990s.

“It has been an unreliable area for years. I remember taking the bus because one of my friends at that school got stabbed while walking home from school,” Pretorius said.

South African Teachers’ Union (SAOU) spokesman Stephan Van der Berg said the union is concerned about the brutal attack on the student.

“The union understands that violent crime is nothing new in South Africa, but it should never be accepted as the norm,” he said.

Van den Berg said that violent crime is not only a scourge on society, but that effective teaching and learning are directly affected by it.

“Pupils and teachers cannot be expected to perform at their best when danger lurks just outside the school gates,” he said.

Van den Berg said SAOU welcomes the collaboration between schools and the communities they serve.

“This includes building strong relationships between schools and their local law enforcement partners in the effort to ensure a safe community, which will translate into a safe school environment,” he said.

Van den Berg said any form of violence should be dealt with immediately by the police, whether the perpetrators are students or adults.

“Criminals, regardless of age, do not belong in or at a school. There can be no exceptions when dealing with this senseless violence,” he said.

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