Law should take its course after Soutpan’s fatal stabbing: Free State Education MEC – SABC News
Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe says the law should take its course after a learner allegedly stabbed his teacher to death in Soutpan.
The Kagisano co-educational student stabbed Matefo Mphosela, 35, who had adopted him from the Department of Education’s Learner Support Scheme.
The two would have lived together. The circumstances leading to the stabbing remain unknown. Mphosela’s death comes just days before the start of the 2022 matric final exams.
Makgoe says they are awaiting the outcome of police investigations.
He says: “So what exactly happened there I think is a matter of what the police are investigating, don’t worry about what people say on the ground. You know, when something like this happens, especially when it’s a woman involved, people always make assumptions. We say don’t make assumptions. Even if these useless assumptions were correct, no one has the right to kill another person.
Makgoe visited the school on Monday.
Today I visited Kagisano Mixed School, Soutpan to convey a message of condolences to learners, teachers and the community on the death of 12th grade physical science teacher, Mrs Matefo Mphosela, who was stabbed to death last week.
— MEC Tate Makgoe (@MECTateMakgoe) October 24, 2022
VIDEO: The teacher’s family is devastated:
Witnesses say they are still traumatized.
“We are hurt because she worked for a long time in the community of Ikgomotseng. She taught our children a lot, encouraged them to learn. We are hurt, we did not expect to see what happened. We are grateful to our nurses who rushed to help, they tried,” said a witness.
“It’s a great sadness, the education department has lost someone great. I saw students crying in the mornings at secondary school,” another witness said.
VIDEO: The community recounts the incident: