Teacher recovering well after being shot by pupil

A Sasolburg high school teacher who was shot and wounded by a pupil is recovering well after surgery.

“He is recovering really well and has been moved to a general surgical ward,” Emfuleni MediClinic spokesperson Retha Behr said today.

On Saturday, the man was in high care after undergoing surgery to have the bullet removed from his leg.

A 15-year-old shot the teacher at a Sasolburg high school on Friday, Free State police said.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the boy appeared in the Child Justice Court in Sasolburg on Monday.

“He was released into the custody of his father. I believe … he will be appearing in court again next month,” NPA spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said.

The boy faces a charge of attempted murder.

Sergeant Sellwane Mapamela said on Friday that the teenager was chasing three other pupils at the school when the deputy principal stopped and questioned him.

“During this questioning, the boy pulled a pistol from behind his back but a shot did not go off,” Mapamela said.

The boy ran off and two teachers followed to try and disarm him. During a scuffle a shot went off, hitting one of the teachers in the right lower leg.

The boy ran off again and police found him in DF Malan Street in Sasolburg. The firearm, believed to be his grandfather’s, was found in his possession.

The boy was sent for psychological assessment.

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