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Police swiftly arrest a learner following the death of a grade 10 learner

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West


POTCHEFSTROOM - The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena applauded police in Rustenburg for their swift reaction that resulted in the arrest of a suspect in connection with the murder of an 18-year-old learner at Rustenburg Bus Rank.

It is alleged that on Friday, 02 June 2023 at about 15:45, police received a complaint about the stabbing incident. Upon arrival at the scene, the police found members of the community gathered around a motionless body covered with a blanket. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was stabbed with a sharp object on his throat.  According to bystanders, the victim was a learner from a High School in Rustenburg and he allegedly fought with another pupil from the other school who in turn recruited a group of other learners to attack the victim's group.

The two groups allegedly gathered at the Bus Rank leading to a fight and eventual stabbing of the victim. He was later certified dead at the scene. Another learner who was also stabbed, was transported to a local hospital by the Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS). The 19-year-old suspect fled the scene after the incident, but was later traced and arrested. He is expected to appear before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 05 June 2023, on a charges of murder and attempted murder.

Investigation into the matter continues.


Captain Sam Tselanyane
082 569 2346