Three pupils have been arrested, including a 13-year-old, in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Kulani Mathebula which occurred on Wednesday morning, 13 March 2019 at Mondeor High School.
The almost-lifeless body of 19-year-old Kulani Mathebula was discovered by Mondeor High School Principal Vangelia Nicolaou just outside the school premises. The deceased was on his way to school when three school boys attacked him, stabbing him three times in the chest.
Gauteng Education MEC Phanyaza Lesufi rushed to the scene as soon as he heard the news. He offered condolences to the family and peers of Mathebula.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, 13 March 2019. South African Police Services (SAPS) Spokesperson Kay Makhubele confirmed, “We have arrested this 13-year-old boy after the killing of a 19-year-old boy in Mondeor.”
The two other suspects, both 15-year-old boys, were arrested on Thursday morning, 14 March 2019.
The cries of Mathebula’s mother pierced the silence in the quiet Mondeor suburb. “My one and only child! Why did they have to take him away from me?” Dumi Chauke, mother to Kulani Mathebula, cried as she was led away from the lifeless body of her son.
Talking to the media, Mathebula’s uncle Themba Chauke described the moment the family received the dreaded phone call. “I just received a call this morning from my younger brother. He was just crying uncontrollably, saying ‘Brother, they’ve stabbed Kulani – come quickly’,” he said.
Mathebula’s uncle said Kulani had a bright future ahead of him, that he was expecting a lot from him and that the family is distraught that his life ended in such a manner.
South Africa has been riddled with school-related violent acts, and conversations about these incidents have been ongoing on social media platforms. Twitter user Banele Mthimkhulu said: “What we see at schools these days [is a] true reflection of [the] society we are. Solutions can only come from us.”