Now, days after the violent incident, the two Grade 11 pupils are back at school together.
The incident was sparked on Monday when the Bloekombos High School in Kraaifontein organised a trip to Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
A 17-year-old learner says Mzamo Ntloko, 18, called him kwedini or laaitie, referring to an uncircumcised boy.
“I felt bullied and insulted,” says the teenager.
He says he took a knife to school the following day and attacked Mzamo.
The youngster sustained a knife wound to the arm and was rushed to Kraaifontein Day Hospital where he was stitched up and discharged on the same day.
“He was bleeding a lot. His school uniform was covered in blood,” says a witness to the attack.
The victim tells the Daily Voice he has since forgiven his schoolmate after a meeting with parents and teachers.
“He (stabber) was under the impression that I had something against him and stabbed me. But after he asked for forgiveness, I decided to put the whole thing behind me and focus on my studies,” says Mzamo.
The 17-year-old who cannot be identified because he is a minor was suspended from school and appeared along with Mzamo before the school governing body and management on Sunday.
“We suspended the learner with full support from the school for two days. He has been given assignments and projects to work on while on suspension,” says school principal Makhosini Maci.
He says the boy didn’t have a history of gangsterism and was usually well behaved.
“We arrived at the decision that the victim would be given counselling while the culprit would be placed under supervision,” says Maci.
“He showed a lot of remorse about the incident – otherwise, we would have taken harsher action against him.”
Western Cape Education Department spokeswoman Bronagh Casey says the stabbing was “an isolated incident”.
“The perpetrator has apologised to the victim at a meeting with both parents,” she says.