Cape Town – Three pupils were stabbed at Atlantis Secondary School, allegedly by a matriculant, the Western Cape Education Department confirmed on Thursday.
Spokesperson Jessica Shelver confirmed that the injured children were in Grades 11 and 12.
The attack, which took place on Tuesday, is believed to be gang related.
“The principal reports that, during first break, a shooting occurred in the community just behind the school. At the exact time of the alleged shooting, a Grade 12 learner allegedly attacked three other learners at the school,” she said.
“All three victims were reportedly stabbed in the back. Two learners were stabbed thrice and one learner was stabbed twice.”
The pupils were in a stable condition after being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“The alleged perpetrator fled the premises and did not return to school on Wednesday. Disciplinary action will be instituted against the alleged perpetrator,” Shelver said.
Police were at the school on Tuesday and Wednesday, she confirmed, but none of the injured pupils had yet made formal complaints.
Authorities are, however, looking into the incident.
“The principal addressed the learners on Wednesday and is currently assessing the need for support. Support and counselling will be provided as required for the victims,” Shelver said.
“Gangsterism is a very serious issue plaguing our schools and communities, and it is not a fight that we can tackle alone. As a department, we are trying to work with other departments and spheres of government to tackle this scourge, so that our learners can be protected in every possible way.”
South African Farmers Under Siege!
Before we start getting excited about all the special offers on Black Friday, let’s take a look at a more serious day: Black Monday. On Monday 30 October thousands of farmers stood together in protest against the increased levels of brutal acts committed against farmers all over South Africa with devastating results – who is going to feed us if they’re all gone?
According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) there were 74 farm murders between April 2016 and March 2017 – 16 more than the previous year! And this does not include other brutal attacks where farmers have been robbed and viciously assaulted, often left on the brink of death. Although the motives behind these violent conflicts in isolated places range from robbery to work disputes, wage disputes and politics, the outcome is the same: our farmers are being eradicated one by one.
Imperial Armour calls on the government to start paying attention to this critical problem, and to implement preventative measures. We need more proactive policing, we need them to tackle the socio-economic issues that contribute to the violence, and we need to work together to raise awareness of what is happening in our beautiful country. Let’s stand together and focus on our farmers!
Violent Attacks, Property Destruction and Ambushes
Did you know that some of the most dangerous professions in the world are in the mining industry? Although one might imagine that this is because of the associated risks of working underground or with dangerous explosives – that is only part of it. There are brutal armed conflicts raging through mines across the globe.
Why Mining is a Dangerous Industry
This devastating violence in the mining industry is happening for three main reasons: poverty, human rights violations and political instability. Countries in Latin America and Africa are particularly prone to it: statistics show that as many as 15 countries in Latin America alone are in constant conflict because of the industry.
Last year a Bolivian politician was detained, tortured and beaten to death by bandits that are running wild. Two experts working on a United Nations report dealing with the violence in mining were kidnapped and killed in March this year while working in the DRC. In Ghana the ongoing competition between unregulated ‘artisanal’ miners and mining companies is resulting in enduring violent conflict. Some mines have even been completely taken over by rebel miners.
Investing in Safety is Not Optional
Although there is not much that mining companies can do about solving the social ills of the world, they can invest in keeping their guards safer with protective gear from Imperial Armour. The comprehensive range can be explored here.
RIOTS HAPPENING WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA – PEOPLE BEING EVICTED FROM THEIR HOMES…
Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘A riot is the language of the unheard’. But the famous activist also said they should be avoided, because they are self-defeating and socially destructive. This is evidenced by the escalating violent protests sweeping through South Africa, especially in recent weeks. At Imperial Armour we have noticed an increase in sales due to security officers and SAPS requiring protection.
Violence in our Backyards
Public violence is breaking out on university grounds and government buildings – municipal buildings and schools are targeted. Even home evictions are taking place where foreign nationals have resorted to leaving their homes in fear of being attacked. This is happening more and more often in local areas like Mariannhill, Richmond Road, Cato Manor and Chesterville.
Wherever There is a Problem – There is a Riot
A riot is defined as a violent disturbance of peace by a crowd during protest action, but some protesters believe it is the only way they can be heard. Both statements are true. There is little we can do to stop the violence, BUT there is a lot we can do to protect the individuals who are tasked to go into these areas to control the public violence.
Imperial Armour supplies full protective gear to those who need protection. Our range can be viewed on www.imperial-armour.com
Trademarked as the world’s strongest fibre, Imperial Armour is pleased to announce the launch of its new AA lightweight body armour vest, made with Polyethylene fibre.
When one thinks of armour immediately your mind jumps to images of knights wearing very uncomfortable bulky suits of armour. Surely nothing can be stronger? Well the reality is that through many years of research scientists have manufactured synthetic fibres which are much stronger than metal. Military organisations, law enforcement and leading private security company are now using synthetic fibres to protect lives and equipment. One of its key selling points is that Body Armour manufactured with polyethylene fibre is that it offers the same level of protection with far less weight to carry around.
The fibre is made up of Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (called DCZ). This is an exciting innovation in body armour as it is a very tough material, with the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made.
- High Strength
- Super Light-Weight
- Water repellent
- Highly resistant to any corrosive chemicals
- Its fitted with a molle system which allows you to place the modules where you wish
- Comfortable breathable mesh
The Imperial Armour vest can be customised to fit all sizes. It has Velcro on the back for your logo placement and has quick release buckles for a comfortable fit.
Most importantly the vest protects against NIJ Level 11 (347 and 9mm) armour.
Stylish, affordable and life-protecting… can you afford to be without it?
On special until the 31st of December 2016 at a launch price of R2600 per vest.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women of all races, with a lifetime risk of 1 in 29 in South Africa. Almost every woman has a story about someone she knows or a family member falling foul to this dreadful disease. But breast cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Early detection is the key to surviving.
Imperial Armour believes that every company should play an active role in encouraging all its employees to go for regular check-ups – especially in October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month! ‘The success of a company is equally found in the health and welfare of its employees as it is in the quality of its products’, says Imperial Armour Managing Director, Ms Louisa Garland-Els.
Every woman should be educated about doing a self-breast examination and should know what to look out for at the first sign of a problem. A woman over the age of 40 should be encouraged to go for a mammogram annually. A mammogram machine can detect a lump up to two years before you or your Doctor may physically feel it.
Breast Cancer prevention starts with healthy habits. These include limiting your consumption of alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active. Having a family history of breast cancer can’t be changed. However, staying aware of the signs and taking deliberate steps to reduce your risk can play a huge role in the management of the disease.
As much as we would like to deny it, the following factors contribute significantly to increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Excessive Consumption of Alcohol: The more you drink the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Smoking: There is a significantly higher risk for a woman who smokes, particularly in a premenopausal woman.
- Being Overweight: This increases your risk of breast cancer, especially if the obesity occurs after menopause.
- Staying Sedentary: Lack of physical activity leads to obesity which increases your risk of Breast Cancer!
So what steps can a woman take to lower her risk?
- Do regular self-breast examinations
- Go for a mammogram at the earliest signs of a problem
- From the age of 40 (or earlier if Breast Cancer is in your immediate family) go for a mammogram on an annual basis.
- Breast-feed as long as possible as it has been shown to reduce your risk
- Maintain a healthy weight (BMI), exercise regularly and stop smoking.
Breast Cancer is one of the most serious illnesses a woman may ever face, but it does not have to be fatal. Being proactive, educated and aware can make the difference between being a breast cancer survivor or a breast cancer victim.