The Northern Cape Department of Education is deeply concerned about the latest incident that occurred at the Rosendal Intermediate School in Upington, where a Grade 8 female learner was stabbed to death by a fellow learner. At this stage we are not sure what triggered the incident, but our District office is investigating the matter.


The alleged perpetrator was issued with a suspension letter, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing and will be isolated and continue to write her examination under supervision. We have deployed our Employee Support Services to provide counselling sessions for the directly affected educators and learners. Our District office is monitoring the situation closely.


Schools are a mirror reflection of our society and it pains us that schools have become a war zone where learners settle community issues. We call on the broader community of Upington to work with us to establish safer schools, safer homes and safer communities.