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15-year-old Mbilwi school girl arrested


A 15-year-old girl from Mbilwi Secondary School in Thohoyandou has been arrested after for allegedly assaulting another learner who later died in an apparent suicide.

The apparent suicide allegedly happened after a video went viral on social media, where two students can be seen in an altercation and the one slapping another fellow learner across the face several times. 

The incident has caused a stir on social media, as many call for #JusticeForLufuno. 

“The victim reportedly went home in the afternoon and on arrival, she allegedly locked herself in the room and consumed an overdose of tablets,” said Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

Inside Education reported yesterday that the Limpopo Department of Education is investigating the death of a grade 10 learner at Mbilwi Secondary School, in the Vhembe East education district, after a video of her being assaulted went viral.

According to Mojapelo the learner was found by her mother lying unconscious and was taken to Siloam hospital where she was certified dead on arrival.

The police said a case was opened on Wednesday morning after the incident took place on Tuesday. 

“An inquest docket has been opened and police investigations are continuing,” added Mojapelo. 

Mojapelo said the arrested child will be dealt with in accordance with the Child Justice Act.

Meanwhile, Limpopo Education MEC, Polly Boshielo together with Health MEC, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba will on Thursday 15 April 2021, visit Mbilwi Secondary School and the family of the deceased. 

More details to follow after the meeting takes place.

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