Principal beats latecomers

2014-02-23 11:47

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Durban - The principal of a Durban high school and one of his teachers have been caught on camera beating pupils who arrived late.

According to the Sunday Independent, the principal at Phambili Secondary School, Londa Luthuli, and an unnamed teacher, were filmed lashing students on the hands with a cane at the school gate.

Luthuli said the lashings were a quick-fix to truancy and late arrival. He said before he became principal two years ago pupils would arrive at 10:00 and leave at lunch time. Now 80% of pupils made it to school on time, reported the newspaper.

Corporal punishment is illegal in schools but it is on the rise in South Africa. A recent report shows that there were more than two million cases in 2011.

Meanwhile, the principal and the teacher are being investigated by KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni.

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