Mpumalanga school shut down for corporal punishment

By Drum Digital
10 October 2014

The Mpumalanga department of education has taken a decision to withdraw the registration of Cefups Academy with effect from January 1 2015.

Cefups Academy, an upmarket Moumalanga school, has been closed following findings of its use of corporal punishment.

An investigation launched in August after Paballo Seane (19) was beat to death, allegedly for failing a test, led to a greater investigation of the establishment.

The death of this student, who was the niece of deputy arts and culture minister Rejoice Mabusafhasi, led to findings which revealed a much greater pattern.

The department today said they had taken a decision to shut the school down: “ A letter to this effect has been submitted to the owner of Cefups Academy on Thursday, October 9.”

Department spokesperson Jasper Zwane said Cefups owner Simon Mkhatshwa would be given a chance to appeal the decision.

“From now due processes are going to unfold when the MEC [Reginah Mhaule] informs parents and other stakeholders about this decision,” said Zwane.

He confirmed that Seanne was beaten before she died but the actual cause of her death would be known after the police had finished their investigation: “We can’t say she died as a result of the beating. Unlike a court of law, we have taken our decision based on a balance of probabilities,” explained Zwane.

Parents have reported cases to the department since the school opened doors in 1992, but only two were investigated. The other probe happened in 2009, but the department has refused to provide details.


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