‘‘Hof slapped me on head’’- ‘cheeky’ kid

2017-08-24 06:01
Norooi Lusu is an upset mother after her child Lukhangela was allegedly slapped repeatedly by the school principal. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Norooi Lusu is an upset mother after her child Lukhangela was allegedly slapped repeatedly by the school principal. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A school principal has been accused of assaulting a pupil and later allegedly boasting about it to other learners.

Parent Norooi Lusu said the principal allegedly beat her daughter Lukhangela repeatedly.

Yanganani Ngalonkulu is the principal at Encotsheni Primary School in Site C.

Lukhangela is a grade 7 learner who alleged that the principal “attacked me on the basis of cheeky in class,”.

“He called me to the front row to solve a mathematics equation problem, but got angry when I couldn’t get the answer right and he slapped me repeatedly on the head.

I tried to run away but when I was at the door he slapped me again and told me to go sit down,” said the child.

She said the principal beat her again later during the class because she didn’t stop crying.

“That hurt me so much but I was not the first to be beaten at the school,” she said.

The mother said that she was heartbroken not because she didn’t want her child to be disciplined but the severity and the attitude of the principal.

“When I grew up it was okay for a child to receive corporal punishment but this was too much. To make things worse when I went to confront about it he told me to do whatever I want. That is why I want the authorities to know what he did.

“ He was even boasting about how he beat her in class and how he does not tolerate ‘cheeky’ children,” she said.

She said that she suspects that her child was not the first victim.

“ When I spoke to teachers, they told me to let it go as this was the way that he was. This means that they allow this behaviour all the time,” she said.

Lusu said that she tried to open a case of assault at the Khayelitsha police station but was told that she should rather lay a complaint with the school governing body.

Jessica Shelver, a spokesperson at the Western Cape Education Department confirmed that they were looking into the matter. “District Officials met with the Principal today ( Wednesday). The matter is under investigation,” she said.

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