Probe into Carter ‘assault video’

2017-03-22 06:04

THE KZN MEC for Education, Mthandeni Dlungwane, has expressed concern about the instability in a number of KZN schools following a video of two adults assaulting a pupil at Carter High School that is currently making the rounds on social media.

According to a statement released by the department on Tuesday, Dlungwane has instructed that a formal investigation to be conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The MEC is concerned about instability in a number of schools in the province and it is for this reason he recently appointed a response task team, which targets schools that have challenges, and then intervenes where possible,” read the statement.

The brawl between two adults and a Grade 12 pupil took place at the school last Thursday morning.

According to a pupil who spoke to Maritzburg Echo on condition of anonymity, the incident happened in the drop-off area.

“The issue started on Wednesday afternoon. The group of Grade 12 pupils confronted a Grade 11 pupil accusing her of bad-mouthing them. The confrontation reached boiling point and they hit her. The following morning she came to school with her aunt and cousin, who are the adults seen in the footage,” said the pupil.

In the one-minute long YouTube video, the adults can be heard asking in Zulu who hit the Grade 11 pupil.

Mncane kabi ukuthi ningazobukisa ngaye la, ushaywe ubani?” (She is too young for you to come here and humiliate her, who hit her?) asks the first adult in a dress.

Nina nontanga yethu mina sengiqede ufour years e-varisty kufanele engabe niqedile manje esikole nilibele ukushayana nezingane nangu uZama wozani nizomshaya manje. (You are my age, I have been out of varsity for four years you too are supposed to have been out of school ages ago, but you are here bullying young children) she continues to yell.

She is then heard daring the Grade 12 pupil to come and hit her niece in front of her and is seen walking towards the Grade 12 pupil.

The Grade 12 pupil is heard responding in Zulu saying she will not hit her, she has had “enough”.

Yin’ndaba ahambe ekhuluma ngathi? Uma e***a thina sihlanganaphi?

(Why does she go around gossiping about us? How is it our problem if she is a b***h?” the Grade 12 pupil is heard saying. The argument quickly escalates and the adult in the dress is heard saying they are not here to talk. A few seconds later the second adult is seen slapping the pupil who fights back while the adult in the dress also jumps in and attacks the pupil who ends up overpowering the two adults slamming one of them to the floor.

In another video seen by Maritzburg Echoreporter, the principal and a teacher are seen trying to stop the fight.

Pupil affairs officer at the school Johan de Goede said the school, including parents, have laid criminal charges against the two individuals in the video that he confirmed were not parents.

“We are currently investigating the incident. Charges have been laid against the two female individuals at Townhill police station who are not parents of [pupils] from this school and who decided to confront pupils with the intent to become violent.”

De Goede said the school was unaware of the bullying incident of the Grade 11 pupil.

“The school regards the actions of all individuals who involved themselves in this incident or any other incident of bullying as very serious.

“Numerous parent meetings have been held in this regard. All parties to this incident will appear before a school tribunal on Thursday to respond to the allegations of bullying,” said De Goede. Dlungwane also condemned bullying and warned pupils not to resort to violence to settle disagreements.

“As the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal we want to send a clear message to all schools and pupils in particular, that any form of misbehaviour will not be tolerated on school premises.”

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