Mandeni school turns into war zone

Mbuyiselelo High School in Mandeni has been under heavy police guard due to faction fights.

Faction fights in Mandeni have turned the Mbuyiselelo High School’s playground into a war zone – leading to the suspension of examinations for grade eight to 11 pupils.

The faction fights in Ndulinde involving pupils have been an annual disruption for the past few years.

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As a result, a matric pupil was beaten and hospitalised two weeks ago after he was attacked by fellow pupils while on his way home. Other matric pupils have missed their final examinations due to the violent situation.

School governing body chairperson Musa Gcabashe said despite numerous meetings with parents since 2015, they still did not know what caused the fights.

“No one has the answers. Even if we speak to the perpetrators, they do not tell us what is really going on.”

However, one of the school pupils told the Courier on Monday that the boys involved in the fights were simply following tradition.

“The boys involved are from two different villages in Mandeni. They believe that this fight was started by their grandparents to show strength. Their fathers and brothers continued the fight and they follow in their footsteps. This happens at the end of every year.”

KZN education department spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa said the school is and will continue to be under police guard for the duration of the matric examinations.

“The examinations were postponed in order to keep pupils safe. Matric pupils who missed the examinations due to the fights will be able to write the supplementary examination next year.”


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Erica Abrahams & Sboniso Dlamini

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