Fatal stabbing outside school

Teen killed while waiting for lift home

A Teenager was stabbed to death outside a Uitenhage school yesterday. Dillon Davids, 17, was killed outside the Bergsig Special School, while he was waiting for a lift home.

The school made headlines in 2012 when a 16-yearold pupil was beaten with an iron pipe outside the school, allegedly by a fellow pupil.

Yesterday afternoon, the police’s K9 unit and several officers were called in to assist with combing the bushes alongside Ross Gradwell Road, which borders the school.

Police spokeswoman Captain Gerda Swart said Davids was stabbed in the chest during an argument. “At this stage details are limited as detectives are attempting to consult the scholars who witnessed the attack,” she said.

“All the pupils are severely traumatised, making it difficult to ascertain what transpired. “Leads are currently being followed up to determine more details and the identity of the attacker.” Swart said the motive for the murder was unknown, as the attacker fled into the nearby bushes.

“What the argument was about is not yet known and only once we ascertain that will we know if this was a robbery,” she said.

Witnesses told the police the attacker produced a knife and stabbed the teenager in the upper body.

After the stabbing, Dillon was rushed to the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Dillon’s parents were alerted and arrived at the hospital shortly after the attack.

On arrival at the school late yesterday afternoon, the schoolyard looked forlorn, with only a handful of pupils present. The pupils were not prepared to answer any questions, saying only they “would call an educator to help”.

Asked for more details, a teacher said she could not answer any questions as the incident took place outside of the school grounds and she was under instruction from the principal not to speak about it.

She said officials from the Department of Education would be at the school today to investigate. Several attempts to get comment from school principal Deon Wolmarans were unsuccessful. – Additional reporting by Amir Chetty

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