A Grade 8 pupil is set to appear in court for allegedly stabbing a schoolmate to death.

The incident took place at school in Alexandra.

The 15-year-old boy allegedly got involved in a fight with 16-year-old Qhayiya Mgayi on Monday.

It is unclear why the pupils were fighting.

Mgayi’s mother is urging the Basic Education Department to strengthen security at schools.

The department says broader issues could be at play.