Two pupils expelled after attack video goes viral

2015-02-19 00:00

TWO Durban pupils who repeatedly beat a junior pupil in a boarding ­establishment, and filmed it, have been expelled.

The girls, who attended Vukuzakhe Secondary School in Umlazi, have also been told that no school will enrol them for their matric year until 2016.

The horrific incident went viral on Facebook.

While the incident occurred in September last year, its contents only became known to authorities last week.

KZN Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said: “When we heard about the incident we immediately instructed a team to go there. There was a tribunal yesterday [Tuesday] and it was recommended that the two pupils that did the beating be expelled from the school. The child that took the video has been suspended,” said Mahlambi.

He said the department was appalled by the incident.

“This is a form of violence and we will not tolerate it. In the past, pupils have died and some left paralysed from incidences like this.”

He said this type of incident can “create division in a community”.

This is the second school bullying video to go online this year.

In the Northern Cape, four pupils from the Jan Kempdorp High School faced charges of rape and assault after a black pupil was violated by the four white pupils with a broomstick. The ­incident was filmed.

*additional reporting by Jonathan Erasmus.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

What was the video about?

In a nearly three-minute clip, two Grade 11 pupils beat a Grade 9 girl at a boarding school in Umlazi.

In the video, the Grade 11 ringleader can be heard saying, “You will answer me,” while she slaps the victim.

The pupil taking the video also asked others in the room to move out of her way because they were blocking her view.

The senior pupil then shoved the victim on the floor and another pupil joined in to kick her.

The victim, flat on her face while the pair continue to kick her and toss her around on the ground, is then told to stand up.

The pupil then asked the victim, “Do you still want to be my play child [Do you want me to be your mentor]? Why don’t you listen to me?”

The victim, with tears in her eyes and streaming down her face, ­responds: “I do.”

The Witness has not shared or ­reposted the video as the victim and suspects are all minors.

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