Evidence gathered on 'killer' teacher

2012-06-26 18:44

Johannesburg - More evidence is being collected in a case involving an Mpumalanga teacher accused of beating a pupil to death, police said on Tuesday.

This would be sent to the director of public prosecutions for a decision on whether to act against the teacher, said Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

He said the police took the case to the Tonga Magistrate's Court last Monday, but the prosecutor referred it back because of a lack of evidence.

"We have resumed our investigation into the matter and are currently taking statements."

Hlathi declined to elaborate.

A 7-year-old pupil was apparently beaten with a broomstick on June 4 after missing school on June 1. He died on June 8.

The Sowetan newspaper reported on Tuesday that the teacher had been fired under the Employment of Educators Act.

The act stipulates that a teacher who resigns while suspended is deemed to have been discharged due to misconduct, according to the newspaper.

The teacher was suspended on June 15 and resigned on June 18, The Sowetan reported.

The Democratic Alliance in Mpumalanga welcomed the suspension.

Spokesperson James Masango said he hoped the SA Council of Educators would endorse the province's request to have the teacher removed from the educators' roll.

"We hope that the police will treat the investigation with the urgency it deserves," he said.

In doing so, it would bring closure to a family suffering a terrible loss.

  • Anthea - 2012-06-26 18:53

    Poor little baby was only seven years old. What kind of people are being allowed into the teaching profession?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-26 19:02

      Savages! Anyone who does this to a child.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-06-26 21:12

      Rest in peace little one. We all love and will miss. May God health the family and other kids that attended the same class.

  • Harold - 2012-06-26 18:54

    I bet this guy has already been deployed to another province where he now teaching little children. Why wont they name this man we need to know to prevent a cadre redeployment

  • Mandy - 2012-06-26 19:39

    Name this piece of sh*t, plaster his/her face all over the networks so that other families can be saved the pain of losing a child. I hope he goes to jail, and I hope he gets puts in a cell with a dude called Bubba who hasn't seen a woman in 20 years...and I hope Bubba has a broomstick! Alternatively, send him to me, he will be begging for Bubba when I am done with him!!

  • shubnam.patel - 2012-06-26 19:42

    'Weather' to act against the teacher??????????? You have got to be serious......!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kill the mother fuc###kin bas###tard

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-26 19:48

    I taught for two years. People do not realise what little monsters are in our schools. I would probably had blood on my hands if I did not leave. Good luck to those teachers who have to put up with the future ANCYL members.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-26 19:50

    Beaten to death with a broom for missing a day at school. So the solution for failure to attend is now permanent failure to attend. Failure is fast becoming a word that fits in almost every story from there these days.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-06-26 20:14

    Does this foolish teacher have children. How can 1 beat a 7year old with a broom stick. Jer sum pple are realy cruel, to be working with children.

  • garthandjackie - 2012-06-27 09:27

    Put this piece of crap in the middle of town and let the parents of this country sort him out!!

  • Virginia - 2012-06-28 08:15

    Well this was definitely a defenseless little child. The savage who did this deserves the exact same treatment. they need to be beaten to death with a broomstick. No other punishment is fitting.

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