Tshabalala had apparently gone to nearby Tsakane Secondary School to collect his school bag and cell phone which had been confiscated by guards the previous day when he went to see his girlfriend.
He had brought a toy gun, which was meant to scare staff into returning his belongings. A scuffle then ensued between himself, a teacher and a general assistant when they tried to retrieve the gun.
“Subsequently, he was removed from the school premises by police and taken home after being involved in a scuffle with an educator and a General Assistant at the school. Accordingly, his family later drove him to Pholosong Hospital where he was certified dead,” Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said.
Tshabalala’s family had pleaded with the Gauteng Department of Education to bring those responsible for his death to book and leave no stone unturned in their probe of the incident.
Lesufi will on Monday meet with the School Governing Body of Tsakane Secondary School and family of Nhlanhla Tshabalala, the deceased Grade 10 boy learner from Reshogofaditswe Secondary School, to introduce the independent law firm appointed to investigate the incident.
This follows the promise Lesufi made that an independent law firm will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident which occurred at Tsakane Secondary School on 8 March 2022.
“In the absence of evidence, suspending the two officials involved in the scuffle would have implications. Therefore, the preliminary report from the independent firm will determine what action should be taken,” Lesufi previously said.