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Forest High pupil faces 35 years in prison for stabbing fellow learner

The family of the grade 8 Forest High School pupil, Daniel Bakwela, who was allegedly stabbed to death by a grade 11 pupil want bail to be denied.

The 19-year-old made his first court appearance on Wednesday after allegedly stabbing three boys at the same school on Monday and killing one of them.

He is facing one charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder for which he could face 35 years in prison.

National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Phindi Mjonondwane said that the minimum applicable sentence for murder is 15 years and 10 years for each count of attempted murder.

The pupil will be appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Thursday to hear his bail application.

Mjonodwane said the NPA will not be opposing bail.

Should the court find the accused guilty on all counts, they can order that the sentences run consecutively which means he will spend 35 years in jail.  If the court rules that the sentences run concurrently, he will only serve 15 years.

Security issues were raised

The Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has denied the claims of sexual abuse, drugs and bullying which have emerged.

Lesufi is said to have visited the school earlier in the week and has denied that it is being used as a drug den.