Parents, teachers must address bullying - ANC

2015-02-19 16:15

Johannesburg - Parents and teachers should work together to address bullying in schools, the ANC said on Thursday.

KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress secretary Sihle Zikalala said reports that a grade nine pupil was filmed being beaten and bullied by other pupils was shocking.

"Our schools should be places of learning and teaching and not the centres of bullying."

He urged teachers and parents to make an effort to address the matter.

"It is a responsibility of parents to regularly ask their children if they are not victims of bullying or if they know anyone who is bullied.

"Teachers and those who manage school dormitories should do the same so that we can deal with the problem of bullying," Zikalala said.

The Star reported that the video recording of the schoolgirl being slapped, shoved and kicked by two other pupils had gone viral.

Slapped and shoved

The video was reportedly taken in September at Vukuzakhe High School, but only surfaced recently.

In the video, the girl is repeatedly slapped and shoved while sitting on a bed. She is then kicked, while on the floor, in her abdomen several times while denying accusations made against her, The Star reported.

One of the bullies asks the girl: "Do you still want to be my child?"

The girl says "yes".

The Star said it appeared the girl was being attacked for ignoring one of the bullies after they had summoned her.

According to The Star, the two bullies were in grade 11 and the girl in grade nine.

"The pupils were suspended immediately after the department was made aware of the video," provincial education department spokesperson Isaac Luthuli was quoted as saying.

He said a tribunal was held on Tuesday where recommendations were made.

"The school's governing body will sit tomorrow [Thursday] and will look at the recommendations and take it from there," he said.

  • dirkeloff - 2015-02-19 16:20

    It is sad that this is forgotten that in 1992 68.73% of the white South Africans voted "yes" for Democracy and the release of Nelson Mandela.

  • Mabogale Edmond - 2015-02-19 16:46

    It will be easy if parents themselves teach their children on how to treat other person and discourage the use of valgar words before kids commence schooling, by doing so teacher will welcome discipled kids who will be easy to motivate them. Since we all know that these(kids) are the future generation who will lead our prosperous country event the entire world. In this regard how can we expect a kid to be disciple while parrents are not discipled?

  • AngelFish - 2015-02-19 16:46

    Starts with you stopping JZ ...

  • Nikki Downes - 2015-02-19 16:59

    Nice try ANC. Bullying is breaking the law. It's also violating the victims constitutional rights. What are You ( the government) doing about it from the department of education and the entire judicial system? It HAS to start with a solid framework before anyone will take ownership.

  • Duane Grant Baatjes - 2015-02-19 17:18

    Why not just say )69%...???

  • Duane Grant Baatjes - 2015-02-19 17:18

    Why not just say 69%..??

  • Luyolo Kala - 2015-02-19 17:28

    Bullying goes deeper than just one learner beating up/abusing another learner. The bully is a reflection of society. It is indeed sad how violent we have become. I will not however, omit the the fact that the situation(s) at home is also a huge factor. Parents need to be more responsible in the way they raise their kids i.e the things they're exposed to etc.

  • dclangley - 2015-02-19 18:21

    Give these bullies a stern talking to. That will solve it ... Not

  • Marco Martin - 2015-02-19 21:00

    reminds me of parly

  • Hlengiwe Siphelelisiwe Mtshali - 2015-02-19 23:08

    Really bullying in some schools won't stop. In some communities you find that violence is a norm so parents don't see anything wrong with it then teachers are left alone to deal with the matter. Teachers can not alone teach and also be policemen. We need help. Government must look closely to communities where violence is normal. I'm talking from experience as a teacher in a black community school.

  • ayanda.mthimkhulu.5 - 2015-02-21 22:56

    This reminds me of my primary school years, sadly I was bullied by two girls but I got my own as I grew older I beat the heck out of them, till this day they can't look me in the eye. I'm sorry but ppl must learn to fight back! U can only turn the cheek for so long.

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