JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is calling for swift action from police, following the killing of a Grade 6 pupil outside Izibuko Primary School.
Police say a group of men in a minibus opened fire on a couple who'd gone to collect their child after a school trip.
12-year-old Rethabile Raphuleng and her grandfather were shot.
The man died on the scene while the girl was hit by a stray bullet and died early on Thursday morning.
Lesufi has called on police to arrest the perpetrators within the next 72-hours.
“We want to call on police, which is their task and mandate to hunt these criminals, we want to urge them to release the 72-hour call that they normally release to have these people arrested within the next 72-hours,” Lesufi said.
“Because if you can’t arrest them, we risk rendering our country as a lawless institution that anyone can wish.”
According to the child’s aunt, Zanele Molefe, the little girl was shot in the head and taken to a Germiston hospital using a neighbour’s vehicle.
There have been allegations that the shooting could be due to a taxi industry feud.