JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he is deeply saddened by the loss of a Mondeor High School pupil because instead of issuing a report card to his family, he is now having to issue them with a death certificate.
Lesufi was speaking on Friday at the memorial service of Kulani Mathebula held at the school in Soweto.
The 19-year-old was stabbed to death by allegedly three teenagers from another school; they have since been arrested.
Lesufi has urged the family to remain strong.
“Instead of bidding the learner farewell for a university, I am bidding the learner farewell because he’s going to a grave.”
Lesufi appealed to Mathebula’s friends not to try and avenge his murder.
“Friends, please… I said it when I met with you [learners] and I want to emphasise it; no revenge. An eye for an eye makes all of us blind.”
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