Teacher held for assaulting boy, 8
Johannesburg - A North West teacher has been arrested for assaulting an 8-year-old boy so seriously that he had to undergo two operations.
The Times reported on Monday that Benjamin Amogelang Nakedi, a Grade 1 pupil in Skeerpoort, was beaten with a board duster by his female teacher, Tebogo Marothong.
He was allegedly punished for making a noise in the classroom.
Following the assault, Nakedi was taken to hospital where he spent a week undergoing treatment for injuries to his hand. A wooden chip had to be removed from his right thumb.
It was reported that action against the teacher was only taken after two months, when repeated enquiries by the media moved police to arrest Marothong.
A provincial education spokesperson said the department was investigating the incident and that action had been taken against the teacher.
Corporal punishment is illegal in South Africa.