Trial date likely for ‘piledriver’ bullies

2013-11-07 00:00

A TRIAL date is likely to be set for two pupils who allegedly drove a fellow pupil’s head into a concrete surface when they appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on November 18.

Marklands Secondary School pupil Zhain Abu-Baker (18), sustained serious injuries on July 22 when two fellow school pupils allegedly used a wrestling move called the “piledriver” on him. He is currently unclear about his schooling future.

The bullying incident saw several of Abu-Baker’s neck vertebrae fractured while there was an initial concern that he might be paralysed for life.

He has since undergone two surgical procedures. The first was to remove bone from his hip and the second procedure to implant the same bone in-between his crushed neck vertebrae and then fastened with the metal plate.

“I can’t even look up to the sky, I can’t turn my neck and I walk slowly due to the hip surgery. I haven’t been back to school since July and will need to repeat Grade 11 in 2014,” said Abu-Baker.

In August, two teens admitted guilt to assaulting Abu-Baker during a internal disciplinary hearing. They were suspended for one week and given 20 hours’ community service.

“I am deciding what school to attend next year. I would like to return to Marklands but I can’t if those guys are still there. For what injury I was caused they only got a week’s suspension. What kind of punishment is that? I on the other hand am on edge,” he said.

Having been only slightly mobile from August, he has since been splitting his time between his family in Johannesburg and Durban.

“Durban is home. There is no place like home and there is much more to do here. I have been spending time with my uncle who is an auto- electrician and learning a few new skills. I am pleased these guys are in court as they must face proper justice,” said Abu-Baker.

At the time of the teens pleading guilty to the internal disciplinary committee, principal Anwar Khan said the sanction was “in accordance with the South Africans Schools Act” and that because the incident took place outside the school, it was a matter for the police.

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