A former pupil of Mmametlhake Secondary School in Mpumalanga was shot in the leg after he allegedly attacked police officers at the school on Thursday.
Mpumalanga department of education spokesperson Jasper Zwane said the former pupil went to the school to see the principal.
“It is alleged that when he was told he could not see the principal, he became violent and started throwing bricks, destroying the school’s windows. Police were called in to assist… the intruder attacked them until he was shot in the leg,” Zwane said.
The youth was arrested and taken to the Mmametlhake Hospital.
A video recording of the incident has since gone viral on social media.
WARNING: Graphic imagery. Not for sensitive viewers
The 2.15min video, taken by someone inside a classroom, appears to show the attacker hurling bricks at the school’s windows.
Seconds later, a police van is seen speeding onto the school grounds, but the brick-thrower seems undeterred. He shifts his focus from stoning the school building to stoning the police van.
As the officers try to alight from the vehicle, one of the bricks slams into the passenger window, shattering it.
The officers try to retreat, but the brick-thrower continues to attack.
People can be seen scattering in different directions as the attacker comes at them, chasing the police van.
Seemingly in a bid to try to avoid him, the officer behind the wheel spins his vehicle around the attacker, but his colleague is flung out of the van through the passenger door.