Krugerlaan bully and teacher in court

2015-06-18 21:09
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Johannesburg - A pupil who bullied another boy at the Krugerlaan School in Vereeniging and the teacher who did not intervene appeared in court on Thursday.

"Both the learner and the teacher appeared before the Vereeniging Magistrate Court today on charges of common assault," police spokesperson Captain Shado Mashobane told News24.

The matter was postponed to July 3 for further investigation.

"The learner has been released on parental custody, while the teacher was released on R1 000 bail."

It was not immediately clear if the teacher was appearing on Thursday for the same incident or for a previous case of assault.

When asked what the way forward was after he visited the school, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Thursday that he was told the teacher was going to be arrested.

"I received a statement that the police were arresting the teacher, and he was supposed to appear in court this morning [Thursday]," he told News24.

According to eNCA, Lesufi said on Wednesday that there was a previous case against the teacher involving an assault.

 “There was a case where it’s alleged that he assaulted a learner and on the basis of that case he was suspended and served with a fine. Then there was a second case where he also assaulted a learner, so today (Wednesday) we formally charged him with that assault," he reportedly said.

After the first incident, the teacher was given a final warning, and was allowed to continue teaching.

Lesufi confirmed to News24 that the department served him with a letter of intention to suspend him.

The teacher is seen doing nothing while one pupil assaults another in a video that has gone viral.

The video begins with a teenager telling the viewers that he had permission to assault the boy that he then slaps, punches and knees the other boy.

As the camera pans around, the teacher can be seen sitting at his desk marking books.

Mashobane told News24 on Wednesday that the parents of the bullied child opened a case of assault against his alleged attacker.

Lesufi said on Thursday that he provided councillors to talk to the bullied boy and his family.

"I am receiving the first report tomorrow."

Read more on:    gauteng education department  |  panyaza lesufi  |  johannesburg  |  education

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