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Principal of Bishop Lavis school of skills stabbed after receiving threats

19 April 2017

Two assailants brutally stabbed the Principal of the Bishops School of Skills, Mr Wayne Abrahams, in Bishop Lavis early this morning.

The assault apparently followed threats against the Principal in the event that he proceed with the disciplinary hearing of a learner who allegedly shot another 15-year-old learner in the leg at the school on 27 March 2017 in a gang-related incident.

The Principal reported that he received threats towards the end of the first term, should he proceed with a disciplinary hearing against the alleged the perpetrator.

According to our information, the two assailants entered the school premises this morning before 07:00 and accosted the principal in the foyer. They allegedly stabbed him multiple times in the head, neck, shoulder and chest.

The perpetrators then reportedly ran off when the caretaker arrived on the scene.

We condemn this vicious attack in the strongest possible terms.

Any attack on a teacher or principal is completely unacceptable.

An attack such as this on someone who is dedicating his life to uplifting the youth of this province, and who is trying to do the right thing in taking disciplinary action to protect his learners, shows how warped some peoples' values are.

We are currently monitoring the principal's condition. Senior department officials, officials from Safe Schools, and the South African and Metropolitan Police were on the scene this morning.

Safe Schools has arranged four additional security guards, while the Metropolitan Police have deployed two additional School Resource Officers to the school. The department will provide trauma counselling, as required.

We trust that SAPS will take very swift action in finding and arresting these perpetrators. We shall then request our Department of Community Safety to keep a watching brief on this matter to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

This kind of behaviour is damaging to the education of our learners in the Western Cape, and will not be tolerated.

Media Enquiries: 

Jessica Shelver

Spokesperson for the Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer

Tel: 076 175 0663


Paddy Attwell

Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department

Tel: 083 261 7688