Boy beaten with belt by teacher dies

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Johannesburg - An investigation has been launched following the death of a Grade 10 pupil who was allegedly beaten with a belt by his teacher.

The Star reported on Wednesday that Sizwe Kubheka died at Sebokeng Hospital last Tuesday, a week after the alleged beating at Tharabollo Secondary School in Palm Springs.

He and his classmates reportedly made a noise in class which infuriated his teacher, and led to the beating.

Sizwe complained of a headache when he arrived at home, and his condition deteriorated over the next week. Attempts to seek medical help were hampered by the family's inability to organise transport, or doctors not being available when they arrived to see them.

By the time he died, he was deaf and had blood clots coming out of his mouth and nose, his mother told The Star.

Gauteng police say the teacher was arrested and has appeared in court. Investigators are waiting for the results of a post-mortem to indicate the cause of death, and whether to charge the teacher with murder.

The pupil's unemployed parents are reportedly struggling to make funeral arrangements, but said the school had promised to assist with the funeral.

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