The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga is incredibly saddened by the senseless killing of two school girls in the North West province.
The teenage girls were found hanged on the school’s dormitory premises by a matron at the school in Stella. “It is deeply concerning that our young girls are dying in this manner. This is truly a tragedy and shows as society we need to work with our young boys in order to better equip them to effectively deal with relationship dynamics.
We have seen far too many of our young women killed at the hands of their boyfriends, or ex boyfriends. It is shocking and deeply disturbing,” said Minister Motshekga. The Minister is pleased that police have already made an arrest in this matter and is hopeful that justice will be served in this matter.
“We need to send out a strong message that the lives of our women and girls matter, we are not disposable and justice needs to deal harshly with anyone who takes the life of a woman or a girl in such a senseless manner, as in this case where the bright future of these two young girls has been prematurely stolen from them.” Said Minister Motshekga.
The Minister has asked for a full report from the province into the circumstances leading up to the tragic incident and how the boy gained access to the dormitory.
The Minister has once again call upon communities to work together to address social ills that are affecting mostly young people of school going age.
“We need to see all stakeholders playing a role in ensuring that the integrated strategy for school safety is implemented to protect our learners against perpetrators of violence as we have seen in this particular case and indeed others like it,” she said.
The Education Department in the province would follow up on the matter to put measures in place to ensure that similar occurrences don’t happen in the future.
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ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION