KZN MEC for education to visit “assault video” school

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Ntsiki Malunga

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwane is expected to visit the Siyathuthuka High School in Inanda next week, where a learner was brutally attacked.

Yesterday the department did not have details of the specific school at which the incident occurred.

A video of a school girl being violently assaulted by a male schoolmate surfaced on social media on Thursday morning causing massive outrage.

The KZN department of education’s officials visited the school this morning to establish when and why the brutal attack took place.

The department’s spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi says after meeting the principal, school governing body and the local ward councilor they discovered that the incident occurred in November last year.

He said what they are “just finding out as to when the matter was reported, how was it dealt with and what were the sanctions that were imposed to the perpetrators”.

The department has condemned the incident and stressed that the assault shown in the video was a criminal act and said it should be dealt with accordingly.

On Thursday the MEC’s spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa, added that the department was working very hard to eliminate bullying at schools.

“We expect all our schools to have an anti-bullying policy that seeks to protect all children. It is very important that learners know that all forms of bullying are totally unacceptable within the school.” said Mthethwa

In an exclusive interview with Timeslive, the girl’s father says he has since taken his daughter out of the school in fear for her safety after the video was shared among pupils‚ teachers and the community.

It also emerged, according to Timeslive, that the school girl who is being attacked in the video is the twin sister of the girl who was initially involved in an altercation with the assailant. It is believed a group of learners including the perpetrator were teasing one another when he lost his cool and started slapping her.

Her sister then confronted the boy to enquire about what had happened. This led to a heated argument and the enraged boy beat and kicked her to the ground while another boy took the video as he cheered him on. The matter was reported to the school management‚ who according to one of the twins did nothing to sanction the perpetrator.

Although, according to the KZN department of education, policies and procedures are in place to guide school management on how to deal with such incidents, it appears it will be very difficult to stop them from happening. What seem to be lacking are awareness campaigns and workshops to educate learners on how to refrain from anti-social practices such as bullying, stealing, sexism, violence, racism and so on.

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