Teens face suspension for assault

2013-08-30 00:00

THE two teenagers who admitted in an internal hearing at school to assaulting a high school pupil from Shallcross, almost leaving him paralysed, will be suspended from Monday for one week.

They will also have to complete 20 hours of community service, and state during the school assembly they will not repeat their offence again.

Zhain Abu-Baker (18) sustained serious injuries on July 22 when two fellow school pupils allegedly used a wrestling move called the “piledriver” to knock his head into a concrete surface. Several of his neck vertebrae were fractured and there was an initial concern that he might be paralysed for life.

The pupils are unlikely to receive any further sanction, said Marklands Secondary School principal Anwar Khan. Khan said Abu-Baker’s family can still appeal to the Department of Education.

Khan said yesterday the sanction is related to an incident of assault within the school premises a nd not the attempted murder outside the premises.

“The sentence is in accordance with the South Africans Schools Act. The incident outside the school is being dealt with by the police,” said Khan.

The accused teenagers, who have also been criminally charged with attempted murder, will appear before the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court again on September 6.

Last week, the two accused boys pleaded guilty to assualting Abu-Baker during an internal discplinary process held at the school with an independent chairperson.

Abu-Baker’s grandfather, Bobby Moodley, said he was disappointed with the ruling. “Zhain has not attended school for over a month and sustained serious injuries. He needs to go back to the doctor next week for another assessment. I am now going to focus on the criminal case against the two boys. This entire period has been very draining.”

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