Johannesburg — A school principal was stabbed in front of pupils by a fired teacher.
And now Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the attack could have been avoided if threats against the principal of Paul Mosaka Primary School in Pimville, Soweto, had been taken seriously.
Lesufi said he would investigate why nothing was done about the perpetrator. It was well-known that the man had been harassing the principal since the department fired him last year.
“Had this matter been attended to, this wouldn’t have happened,” Lesufi told The Star.
The ex-teacher stabbed the palie on Monday morning in front of pupils, teachers and residents. When some of them tried to stop him, he reportedly turned on them and only dropped his weapon when police arrived.
The man was fired last year for falsifying his qualifications.
Police spokesperson Colonel Kay Makhubele said that when the principal arrived at the school, she found the former teacher waiting for her.
As soon as she got out of her car, he started stabbing her.
“Schoolchildren saw it happen and were screaming. Residents who saw it too screamed and tried to help, but the man fought with them.
“The police were called. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder,” says Makhubele.
MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said the perpetrator stabbed the principal 10 times, and she was in critical condition.