Teachers at a primary school in Brakpan have confiscated a loaded gun and live ammunition from a grade two pupil who had apparently threatened to shoot a schoolmate.
Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi says that the boy brought the weapon to school on Tuesday after an altercation with the fellow pupil.
Police took the gun which belongs to the child's father and are now investigating.
Last week, activists called on the government to install cameras in classrooms to improve teaching and learning in the wake of several cases of violence and bullying at schools.
In the latest incident, a grade seven boy died at his home in Ekurhuleni on Gauteng’s East Rand, possibly as a result of injuries he sustained while being bullied on school grounds.
The incident has further raised concerns over the safety of children at schools.