Assault charge: Greytown teacher in court for allegedly pinching six-year-old pupil

2008-08-20 00:00

An assault charge has been laid against a Greytown Primary school teacher for allegedly pinching a grade one pupil.

SAPS spokeswoman Superintendent Joey Jeevan confirmed that Gugulethu Duma (36) briefly appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court yesterday, after a case was opened last Tuesday.

The child’s grandfather and guardian, George Singh, said he realised that something was wrong when his usually chirpy six-year-old grandson “wasn’t himself”.

“I asked him what was wrong and he told me his teacher pinched him because he wasn’t as fast as his classmates.

“When I looked I saw that his inner thighs were red.”

Singh then called the child’s father.

“He took the child back to the school and they didn’t deny it. They said they can’t do anything about it because of the unions, which really sounds like a cop-out answer to me. Surely if there are allegations of assault in your school, you’d want to investigate,” added Singh.

The child’s father then went to lay a charge with the police.

“I don’t want to get the teacher fired, but I think it is unfortunate that the standard at the school has dropped to the extent that it has,” said Singh.

Singh said it is not the first time his grandchild has complained about his teacher.

“He’s complained before about the pinches, but I don’t think it has been this bad before. He often comes home with his lunch box still full because he says that he is locked up to do schoolwork during [lunch] breaks.”

The case continues tomorrow.

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