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Teacher Stabbed to death by Pupil in South Africa for failing him.

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A Zimbabwe National, identified as Kingston Vhiya who was a teacher has been stabbed to death in South Africa by one of his pupils for failing him in School.

Vhiya aged 42 was killed last week by the 15 year old Grade Eight pupil, the school is located in Manyeding Village near Kuruman, Northern Cape.

According to a witness, Mr Zeky Mangei, the pupil arrived at Vhiya's house and started throwing stones, breaking all the windows with the stones.

He said: "The boy started throwing stones, breaking windows at the house. He accused Kingston of failing him at school. Kingston told him that he could not blame him for failing at school that he should speak to the individual subject teachers" Mr Mangei reportedly said.

"The boy had broken the windows and was able to pull out Kingston's phone which was on a charger, Kingston then opened the door but was hit by a stone on his chest".

He said the situation calmed down when Vhiya engaged the teen who later turned on the teacher, stabbing him with a sharp object in the chest.

Mr Mangei said Vhiya was rushed to a local hospital where he died.

In a statement on Friday, South African Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga said he was horrified by the stabbing which occured at the teacher's home.

Motshekga said "this form of violence needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms".

On Friday, Northern Cape Education MEC Martha Bartlett visited the family of the slain teacher. She was also expected to also visit the slain teacher's school to establish if there is any particular challenge that needs to be addressed and also to provide Psychosocial services to teachers and pupils.

"The holistic Education of our learners is a societal matter and we as communities, parents and guardians needs to instil in our children the notion that violence is not the answer, problem will not be solved through violence". Motshekga said.

"We are aware that the area in Kuruman, where the learner is from faces a number of social challenges such as a high number of child beheaded households, the break-down of the family structure, poverty and substance abuse among others".

"This therefore makes the role of  communities and relevant Government entities, in supporting our young people to mitigate these challenges even more important".

Vhiya's Sister identified as Ms Mpho Mthethwa, said the family was devastated by the callouus murder of their relative. She said they did not have money to repatrate his body.

She said: "It will cost us between R30000 to R50000 for the repatriation of his body, to Zimbabwe. We do not have that kind of money", she said

Northern Cape Police Spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, who confirmed the incident , said the student has been charged for  murder.

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