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Monday, 6 May, 2002

Fatal Stabbing at Wellington Youth Care Centre

Statement by André Gaum, Western Cape Minister of Education.

I am deeply shocked and grieved by the news that about midnight on Friday a security guard at the Wellington Youth Care Centre was stabbed to death by a 15-year-old female inmate of the Centre.

On behalf of the WCED, I wish to offer my deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this fatal assault.

The girl was one of a group of four learners who had earlier broken out of the Centre to visit a shebeen. Two have been arrested, and the decision as to what is to happen to them next lies with the South African Police Service and the courts.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is investigating this incident at the highest level and will take appropriate action to ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.

Issued by:
The Communications Directorate
Western Cape Education Department
Private Bag X9114
Cape Town 8000
Tel: (021) 467-2531
Fax: (021) 467-2363
Email: pattwell@pawc.wcape.gov.za
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