Teacher stabbed 24 times in class

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A Western Cape teacher who was stabbed 24 times in her classroom by her boyfriend last month, says her near death experience has given her a new lease on life.

Erin Fourie, 30, a teacher at Worcester Secondary School was stabbed on Friday, November 5, in her classroom. The stabbing happened between 11am and 12pm – in broad daylight.

Fourie said she and Valentine had agreed to speak later on that day to iron out issues they had been having in their relationship which led her to move out of their house and back in with her father.

“About 45 minutes after we spoke he arrived at my class. I didn’t make any eye contact but knew he had a white cap on. He asked me one question: ‘baby, are you really not coming home?’ I answered no and he took out a weapon. To be honest I do not know if it was a knife or what,” she said.

He would probably have stabbed me more times if he was not slipping in my blood. I shouted for him to stop. I told him I would come home but he just carried on stabbing me. “The man who attacked me was not the man I know.

“He only stopped when a colleague opened the door after hearing the commotion. I believe she was my guardian angel that day,” Fourie said.
Valentine immediately panicked and fled the scene.

Fourie’s colleagues all raced to help her as she lay in a pool of her own blood and she said the only words she could utter at that time was “God help me”.

“One thing I am grateful for is that just on that day, none of my pupils pitched to my class. My class can be seen from the street and I assume he must have been watching me.

“He stabbed me 24 times. I had stab wounds to my head, thighs, stomach – this was the biggest concern as my intestines were hanging out – arms, chest, neck, shoulders and back.

“I am now on the path to healing. I am a warrior not a victim. I am attending counselling sessions, doing meditation which are all part of my healing.

“I know there’s a reason I was granted a second chance. I know without a doubt I have a higher purpose. I am thankful for all the prayers and well wishes from everyone. My pupils have been visiting me and bringing gifts. They miss me,” Fourie said.

“The healing has not been easy but I now want to use this and fight for women going through this. I want to be an ambassador for those victims of domestic violence, gender based violence. I want to assist them, help with the healing,” Fourie said.

We hope he stays in jail to learn a lesson and comes out a better person, he nearly killed her . He is a danger to society and the community .

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