Limpopo teacher accused of breaking pupil’s wrist with broomstick

2015-09-29 17:59

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Durban - A Limpopo teacher is in hot water after allegedly breaking a pupil's wrist with a broomstick two weeks ago.

The teacher, who is also a deputy principal, is facing a disciplinary hearing and an internal Department of Education investigation.

Corporal punishment in South African schools was outlawed in 1996 and the act constitutes assault.

Allegations levelled against the teacher suggest that he used the broomstick to punish a matric pupil who had arrived late for an early morning study session two weeks ago.

Department spokesperson Naledzani Rasila said an investigation team had been dispatched to the school to probe all versions of the incident.

"The school safety section from our department has gone to the school and they are completing their investigation," he said.

"Law enforcement is involved and the justice system will do its part and that will run concurrently."

He said the investigation would determine whether the teacher would be suspended or "if there are other measures to be employed".

Limpopo DA leader Jacques Smalle said the party had referred the case to the Human Rights Commission.

"We have laid charges with the HRC and we have also taken it up with the Education MEC to expedite their internal investigation."

Smalle said incidents like these infringed on the rights of children. Those responsible did not belong in the education system, he said.  

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