Gang attack at school



May 27, 2016
Gang attack at school

WOUNDED: Junaid Mazriel, 17. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

Hero learner assaulted with brick as gangsters storm Portland High.

A matric pupil who tried to protect a friend was attacked with a brick by gangsters who came onto the school grounds.

The 17-year-old survived the attack by fleeing into a classroom full of pupils.

Police arrested three people just hours after the attack.

Yesterday, the teen’s father Dawood Mazriel, 46, thought he might lose a second son after his eldest, Adnaan Mazriel, 20, was shot in the head while selling fruit and vegetables along Morgenster Road in Mitchells Plain.

Dawood raced to Portland High School after hearing his youngest son, Junaid Mazriel, 17, was attacked.

The Daily Voice was on the scene as the injured Junaid, with blood dripping down his school shirt, was placed in an ambulance and rushed to the Mitchells Plain Day Hospital with back and head injuries.

A fuming Dawood says his son was protecting a friend who was being robbed by a Grade 11 pupil during first interval.

The dad of three says: “When my son approached this boy they began the scuffle.”

Dawood says the alleged robber ran home during second interval and brought gang members to school.

They apparently “walked passed the security at the front gate”.

“This (Grade 11) boy choked my son and then he ran off the school grounds and went to get the gangsters,” Dawood explains.

“They came onto the school premises and they threw a brick at Junaid and attacked him with a blunt object.

“My son says if he didn’t run into a classroom, they would have killed him right there in the middle of the school grounds.”

Dawood is outraged that security guards did not intervene. The incident was especially traumatising to him after losing his eldest son to crime.

“My son Adnaan was shot three years ago and nothing happened with his case. If I must go and get someone to attack that child, then I will go to jail. I have opened a case with police but we all know what happens with cases,” he says.

Jessica Shelver, the spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schafer confirms the incident. She says the necessary disciplinary action will be taken against the Grade 11 boy.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut says: “A charge of assault with intention to commit grievous bodily harm is being investigated. Three suspects have been arrested.”

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