Dozens of pupils at Brookdale Secondary School in Phoenix, Durban, boycotted classes on Monday in response to the tragic stabbing death of a fellow student.
Siyabonga Mngomezulu, a grade 10 pupil, was fatally stabbed during a fight outside the school on Friday. Despite the presence of the police at the scene and concerned parents meeting with school management, the students feel that their safety concerns have not been adequately addressed.
The issue of security at the school has been an ongoing concern, with students claiming that their previous complaints to the school management have been ignored.
Frustrated by the lack of action, the students have taken a stand by boycotting classes until their safety concerns are properly addressed.
One student expressed their dissatisfaction with the response to the incident, stating that the injured student did not receive timely medical attention.
Determined to bring about change, another student emphasised their commitment to continuing the boycott until their issues are resolved.
As this is a developing story, it is crucial for the school and relevant authorities to take immediate action to address the students’ concerns and ensure the safety of all pupils.