Three pupils from a school in Lenesia aged between 14 and 17, appeared before the Child Justice Court at the Protea Glen Magistrate Court for allegedly shooting two schoolmates.
The boys from MH Joosub Secondary School, in Lenasia Extension, allegedly shot the fellow schoolmates aged 18 and 19, while playing with a firearm which went off and hit the victims
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Louw Mjonondwane said the 14-year-old boy was charged for possession of a firearm while the 15 and 17-year old boys were charged with attempted murder.
“It was rolled over for tomorrow for them to be assessed social workers and for them to acquire legal representative and for the preliminary inquiry,” said Mjonondwane.
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, was pleased with the arrests, especially considering that violence in Gauteng schools is currently on the rise.
He said: “We welcome the arrest of implicated learners; this is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kinds of acts occurring closer to our schools.”
Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said the police would do further investigations to establish if the 14-year-old boy’s father who owned the firearm, was fit to possess a firearm.
The father also appeared at the Protea Glen Magistrates Court.
The matter was postponed to August 20.