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Bus driver 'sjamboks' pupils

2012-02-14 19:44

Cape Town - A Western Cape bus service provider is being investigated for allegedly sjambokking pupils from a school in Kraaifontein.

The Western Cape education department (WCED) is now investigating Monday’s incident involving pupils from Masibambane High.

A matric pupil complained that he wanted “the government” to change their transport provider. 

“I am in matric and all this is happening at the beginning of the year. Who knows what will happen later in the year?” the pupil said.

Principal Rajan Naidoo said he already complained to the WCED about the service provider and had also reported Monday’s incident.

But the service provider’s Rudewaan Abrahams said there was a misunderstanding with the bus driver as to how many pupils had to be at school early.

The driver also denied hitting the children and claimed that some of them were drunk.

Comments
  • Ben - 2012-02-14 20:05

    There must be two sides to this story.

      Tooka - 2012-02-14 20:33

      I wouldn't doubt if both were telling the truth - the driver was whipping the kids who were drunk at the time.

      Chloe - 2012-02-14 21:13

      He should have moered them harder. The youth of today are actually becoming solid trash.

      Sharon - 2012-02-14 21:26

      give the man a bells

      nickwane - 2012-05-06 11:25

      Two sides to injuring a child? That makes me wanna question your intelligence Ben. I don't see how we can condone violence of any shape and form.

  • Yar - 2012-02-14 20:17

    Must be an ex-taxi driver

      Chloe - 2012-02-14 21:19

      Wish all the taxi drivers did the same then ??

      Jeffrey - 2012-02-14 21:33

      Or maybe the driver used to teach at a madrassah. They discipline the kids there by sharia law.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-02-14 20:33

    yet again, that non-existent verb 'sjambokking'. Why not just say he hit them with a sjambok?

      Tooka - 2012-02-14 21:29

      Of course it's a word, you've just used it yourself, and it sounds soooo much cooler than your alternative. :)

  • Irene - 2012-02-14 20:34

    Good for the bus driver. At least it's one way of giving these little thugs some discipline.

  • Kim - 2012-02-14 20:35

    Incident happened on a Monday morning......Bus driver maintains the learners were drunk.........LOL There is certainly more to this story. So the plot thickens

  • Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-14 20:41

    This is racist. Sjambokking is a beloved SA cultural pastime. Why I remember being sjambokked in my youth. . .good times

      Geronimo - 2012-02-14 20:47

      Abongile *sigh* let's for the sake of argument assume the driver was black and the kids black. Would the mere fact that a sjambok was used make it "racist"? Hey, I'm an umLungu and I was 'sjambokked' when I was a child...was that racist too? Your propensity to cry racism is astounding.

      Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-14 21:18

      Sigh right back at you. I was decrying the seeming outcry against the sjambokking. Black or white, everyone deserves to be sjambokked every now and then. This is SA culture

  • brendan.naiker - 2012-02-14 20:51

    Today proper discipline is non-existent - which is why its left to some stranger like a bus driver to discipline these kids. I finished school recently so I know every trick that kids try to pull these days! Almost all of them are about breaking them the rules to do something illicit - the last thing that kept me in line was the discipline instilled by parents and teachers! Sometimes that discipline included the fear of getting some hiding! Its not abuse but correction!

  • Alex - 2012-02-14 20:59

    Wow... I'm not quite sure what to be more shocked at. The story or the comments?! How would you all react if someone had taken a whip to one of your drunk children? Would it still be acceptable?

      Tooka - 2012-02-14 21:06

      If my children were drunk during school hours, I would give them a whipping myself.

      Alex - 2012-02-14 21:32

      And that is your choice. They are YOUR children.

      Tooka - 2012-02-14 21:40

      Ok then fine! - If YOUR children were drunk in public during school hours, I would give them a hiding too.

      Tooka - 2012-02-14 21:47

      (In fact, if I knew they were your kids, I might give them one even if they were sober.)

      Alex - 2012-02-14 21:48

      And I would have you arrested.

      Tooka - 2012-02-14 21:56

      Yes! and then... there would be an article on News24 about some bloke sjambokking drunk kids on a bus with 2 guys aimlessly arguing in the comments about wether its right or wrong :) (and of course it would be right and everyone would agree)

  • braamc - 2012-02-14 21:40

    Moer hulle

      Snoopsy - 2012-02-15 09:21

      Yip Bliksem die goed. Kinders van vandag maak nes hulle wil. Geen respek vir hulle ouers of ouer mense om hulle nie.

  • Pauline Hanekom - 2012-02-14 22:04

    Masibambane is an excellent school producing excellent matric results! The matrics have extra classes before school, after school and on Saturdays. The discipline at the school is better than at some old model C schools. I do not know what happened on Monday, but hitting children with a sjambok is illegal and shocking!

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