No report on pupil’s death at Mpumalanga’s corporal punishment school

2014-08-21 15:53

The Mpumalanga Cabinet claims it has not discussed incidents of corporal punishment at Cefups Academy near Nelspruit, where a pupil died three weeks ago.

Health MEC Gillion Mashego said Cabinet was still awaiting a report from Education MEC Reginah Mhaule’s department about the death of 19-year-old Paballo Seanne.

Seanne died in hospital on July 31 after she was allegedly sjambokked by unidentified staff members for failing a test.

The department of education conducted an investigation and found that the school was still using corporal punishment, which has been outlawed, but did not link Seanne’s death to the beating pending postmortem results.

“The Cabinet has not received a report from the department or the premier’s [David Mabuza] office. We’ll discuss the matter once we receive the reports,” said Mashego today.

The Cabinet met yesterday, two weeks after Mhaule’s task team compiled its report.

After Seanne’s death, the department gave Cefups Academy owner Simon Mkhatshwa 30 days to explain why his school should not be deregistered for using corporal punishment.

Mkhatshwa has refused to comment. He said he had appointed a spokesperson, but failed to provide his details.

His office said the spokesperson was not available.

Meanwhile, the education department has refused to give details about its findings, but concurred with the police that the teenager was beaten at the school before her admission to Nelspruit Mediclinic.

This was confirmed by pupils who were interviewed as part of the investigation.

Cefups Academy’s good academic record has seen it attracting students from as far as Swaziland.

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