The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga and North West MEC for Education, Mr Sello Lehari on Monday 17 September 2018 visited the home of 24-year-old, Gadimang Daniel Mokolobate who was fatally stabbed by a learner at Ramotshere Secondary School.
"It is indeed heart-breaking that a family has lost a breadwinner, a mother has lost a child and the sector has lost an talented young educator, furthermore it brings into sharp focus the question of school safety and the fact that it is not only a school issue, instead it is a societal issue that requires us to re-engage and strengthen our social fabric" said Minister Motshekga.
It was an emotionally challenging afternoon for all involved, interacting with the family that looked to this young man for a brighter future, only to have their hopes and dreams for his life dashed in such a tragic manner. Both the National and Provincial Education Departments have committed to work together to support the family of the slain educator who was not only a bread winner but was in the process of building a new family home in Ramatlabama village outside Mahikeng in the North West.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, 20 September 2018 to celebrate the life of the 24-year-old educator in Luhurutshe Township outside Mahikeng.
The Minister is also in preliminary discussions with social sector partners including SAPS and Department of Social Development to establish a colloquium which will allow a sector wide response to strengthening the social infrastructure in schools as the safety of learners and teachers goes beyond fencing and policing.
Issued by: Department of Basic Education