Some secondary school students on Thursday attacked their colleagues with machetes to settle a dispute.
A video footage released on Twitter shows students been chased with sharp weapons by their colleagues as they screamed in fear and ran for their lives.
The incident happened at Tlakale Mashashane Secondary School in Takalane village, South Africa.
Education authorities reacted quickly to the viral video by suspending nine students pending an investigation into the shocking video.
It was reported that one pupil was injured during the incident but the school refused to comment.
The video was posted on Twitter by Napjadi Letsoalo, with a message.
He wrote: “I write this as a concerned citizen. The way in which our youth is behaving in schools is appalling. Their behaviour is clear evidence of anarchy. Corporal punishment should return”.
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Sam Makondo, Provincial Education Department spokesman confirmed that an investigation is underway to determine what the weapons were and if they had been taken into school.
He said: “There will be a disciplinary hearing to establish what the fight was about. It happened in a community area after school but the learners were still in school uniform.
“The South Africa Schools Act prohibits the carrying of any weapons in school and learners are not allowed anything dangerous as learners have the right to be safe when studying.
“We expect learners only to have books and things being used for their learning in school and those responsible will have to come and answer before a disciplinary hearing.
“Learners have a right to feel safe both in school and after school. We strongly condemn any violence either in or outside school and we are taking this very seriously.”
Minister for Education Angie Motshekga recently called on law enforcement agencies to work with schools and quell the spiralling violence taking place on school premises.
Violence in schools against both teachers and pupils in South Africa has reportedly increased in recent months. Few weeks ago, a maths teacher was stabbed to death by a student.
On Monday, a 17-year-old armed boy was arrested for attempted murder after chasing after fellow students at a school in Katlehong near Johannesburg.
He reportedly tried to stab five other students, who were forced to lock themselves in the principal’s office until police arrived.