Principal injures pupil's privates in beating

2012-03-12 10:20

Johannesburg - A North West pupil had his scrotum cut open by a sjambok when he was allegedly whipped by a teacher for not doing his homework, it was reported on Monday.

The school principal who allegedly administered the beating had now applied for early retirement, The Times said.

William Mojagi, 55, headmaster of Eletsa Secondary School in Letlhabile township near Brits, appeared in court in February on an assault charge.

Isaac Khunou, the 20-year-old pupil he is alleged to have beaten last April, told The Times the principal hit him three times with the sjambok. The third blow cut into his testicles, splitting open his scrotum.

"It was so painful I left the classroom running and he continued to punish the other pupils."

Khunou, who is in Grade 11, said he had been to private doctors, a clinic and a private hospital.

"I cannot cross my legs, I can't sleep at night and I can't walk properly," the Times quoted him.

He has also had to forfeit his spot on an amateur rugby team.

North West education department official, Paul Ntlatleng, told The Times that the matter would be investigated when Khunou produced a medical certificate.

Khunou claimed that he was being pressured to drop the charges while witnesses to the sjambokking claimed they were being harassed and victimised by teachers who did not want them to speak out.

  • Susan - 2012-03-12 10:27

    This principal needs a good sjambok..

      Mike - 2012-03-12 11:22

      Prison would be better

      Danie - 2012-03-12 11:33

      Agree, you can punish, but not with a Sjambok, and wait 20 year old student, what grade, maybe the parents must have a look at why he doesn't do his homework as he should have been finished with school two years ago...

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 11:55

      @Daniel - True my view is a 20 year old doing grade 11 is a problem. They must be at a special school or doing artisan courses

      Glen - 2012-03-12 12:28

      I think he should get the sack!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-12 16:08

      @Danie don't be too quick to judge if you don't the reason why the guy he is in that grade. What if he skipped last year because of the punishment,what he is also the breadwinner in his family, what if as is current been practiced only allowed to start school at the age of 7. Please don't be too quick to judge coz not everyone is as privileged as you are.

      Cynthia - 2012-03-12 16:22

      There may well be a good reason why this student was in Grade 11 at the age of 20. At least he was in school and not doing mischief somewhere. WHATEVER the reason, this idiot had no right to use a sjambok on him so severely. Hope he gets what's coming to him.

      Adam - 2012-03-12 17:40

      We made BBC again, every hour on the hour today. 80% of government schools are disfunctional, with lack of qualified teachers and a low standards of education. 5 000 children in the Eastern Cape, mostly black, have left for private schools, sighting strikes and criminal activities within gov schools to be an issue. Parents doing what they can to raise the $1000 needed for private schooling.

  • LN - 2012-03-12 10:30

    What are you suposed to do with a 20 year old that's still in school and doesn't do his homework? Unfortunate that he got badly hurt though.

      Nathi - 2012-03-12 10:35

      For all we know he could have learning difficulties and thus is 20yrs old in grade 11. It's not how old he is that matters(how many 20yr olds do you know of who are still in highschool?), it's the fact that he's still determined to get his secondary education that matters.

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-12 10:37

      Legally this kid can lay a case against this teacher. Grown men hitting other grown men with sjamboks. This is ridiculous.

      Ben - 2012-03-12 10:42

      Nathi, maybe, if he was so determined, he would at least have done his homework. Had this man used a cane, nothing would have gone wrong.

      Inky - 2012-03-12 10:59

      Recent reports include. A teacher punishing pupils by taking them to a morgue, a senior education official wanted to refer late pupils to the police station, a head teacher forcing pupils to stand out side in their underwear and now this teacher assaulting a pupil. Clearly the whole education management is dysfunctional and possibly dangerous and yet some people still advocate allowing teachers to administer corporal punishment. Given their track record it is clear that many/most teachers today are unsuitable educators with very flawed personalities.

      Anastasia - 2012-03-12 11:23

      Nathi, 20 year olds don't belong in school at a grade 11 level. This is part of the frustration that teachers have to deal with. These adults, should be moved to and adult based education program, maintained by the government - god knows, there are more than enough adults in our country who could benefit from a program like this. I do not condone the principals actions, a hiding is one thing, but a beating is a different beast entirely - however, he would not have been placed in the position of trying to discipline an adult, were the education system up and running properly.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 12:03

      @Nathi -It is totally unacceptable at this time in age that we can still have 20 year old doing grade 11 whatever the circumstances maybe. Everyone has a right to education but that comes with responsibility to attend to classes,doing homework, listen to teachers etc and if you that you will pass. If a child has learning difficulties they must be sent to special schools or sent to artisan colleges to at least have trade. You know these kids who are irresponsible are a burden to education department's budget. One of the reason our kids don't pull their weight and make sure that they finish their schooling in record time is this compliacency and acceptance that you can be at school irrespective of your age

      don.odendaal - 2012-08-10 11:38

      When I was 20n if anyone lifted a hand towards me they would have ended up in hospital How could this guy have allowed this whipping

  • Dieter - 2012-03-12 10:31

    he is 20 in grade 11??? FFS! do your homework dude! then maybe you'll have matric before you're 30!

      Debbie Coetzee - 2012-03-12 10:41

      My sentiments too!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-12 16:04

      @Dieter as if you know his reasons for being in that grade. What he had to leave school to take car of his siblings, remember in the rural area they are still admitting pupils only at the age of seven and if u fail or somehow you are unable to go to school for a year then you be doing grade 11 at that age. Please don't

      Cynthia - 2012-03-12 16:28

      At least he is trying, dude!!!

      Annelize Pretorius - 2013-04-10 12:11

      I agree, at 20 years of age, whether you left school for how many years to look after your family, you should have the sense of responsibility to do home work... or leave and go get a job then rather!

  • Samkelisiwe Njapha - 2012-03-12 10:34

    That principal should be arrested and may those teachers stop harrassaring kids, what if it was one of their boilogical children that were injured, will they protect the principal then? I think not.

      Gungets - 2012-03-12 11:10

      Not condoning corporal punishment but he is no kid. 20 in grade 11.

      Peter - 2012-03-12 11:51

      How would you react if you had a 14 year old daughter in a class with a 20 year old man. Why do you not go and help out at the school instead of just talking, actions speak louder than words.

  • MSGRule - 2012-03-12 10:37

    Last April....why is this coming up now. Shamboks are to sloppy and they curl. rather use a cane like we got in school. 20 in grade 11. 2 years past normal age for finishing, so at least another 3 years before makign grade 12.

  • TonyPerkis - 2012-03-12 10:42

    20 years old and still in gr 11? Something is wrong. That teacher deserves to be sjambokked though! One of the most painful and humiliating experiences. Feel sorry for the pupil.

  • Pieter - 2012-03-12 10:44

    shocked at people judging this school pupil in these comments - this is serious, and the fact that pupils are being hit with a sjambok (and allegedly unjured in this way), not the fact that he maybe flunked a few years.

      Sam - 2012-03-12 11:47

      Exactly, Pieter. The levels of bigotry and complete lack of empathy in some of these comments are depressing. How does anyone know this pupil's background, or the difficulties he may have faced? At least he's still in school instead of giving up. It is amazing how everyone seems to judge others by their own life standards. Not everyone grew up with the same benefits or privileges - some kids face the most unbelievable hardships... show a bit of compassion, people!

      Grant - 2012-03-12 13:39

      The guy MUST be a bit dim... I mean, to expose your balls when you bend over for a caning!!? Isn't your basic instinct of self-preservation supposed to kick in!? :P Seriously though - if you are 20 and in grade 11, the very least you should be doing is completing your homework! Had the time and energy for rugby, so if he was in the least bit interested in actually passing, he would have been doing his work. How do you control such a pupil (sorry - "LEARNER")? Sjambok was a bit harsh though...

  • LEWAZIE - 2012-03-12 10:44

    he needs to be jailed,for life if possible

      Foc - 2012-03-12 11:37

      The teacher or the learner??

      Amanda - 2012-03-12 11:40

      jes u right! now u see the same happened to a 8 jear old and the poor child had to go for operations for his thump at a earlier report and then u get ppl that want to cover these teachers and principles. how pathetic !! how can this principal be so unproffesional.

      Rory - 2012-03-12 12:44

      You're off your flippen nut!

  • Ian - 2012-03-12 10:45

    I am not against corporal punishment, I am all for it but it has to be administered correctly, across the buttocks and nowhere else, was this toss drunk or perhaps has had no education in administrating the punishment aka BEE, maybe the principal wanted 'favours' from the 20 year old

  • Elize - 2012-03-12 10:50

    20 and in grade 11 OMW how funny!!

  • Wayne - 2012-03-12 10:54

    what's the moral of the story? Do YOUR homework!! :-)

  • Paul - 2012-03-12 11:02

    Is a "Private Doctor" a specialist?

      Ian - 2012-03-12 11:31


  • Mphumzeni - 2012-03-12 11:03

    that sjambok have to be use to punnish that principal kids so he can feel the pains

      Ian - 2012-03-12 11:30

      what??????? oh i see, woodwork education gramma, ok then, carry on

  • Den - 2012-03-12 11:05


  • Evan - 2012-03-12 11:11

    The principal should get the sack! Irrespective of how frustrated teaching staff get with learners that cannot be disciplined, they need to apply a little self control!

      Warren Nel - 2012-03-12 11:18

      He did get the sack.......that's where it all started!

  • my10cent - 2012-03-12 11:16

    I have probably had more than a hundred beatings in my school career (nothing to be proud of), but never was i injured.

      Rory - 2012-03-12 12:45

      The size difference btw an adolescent and a 20 years olds scrotum is clearly the difference here.

  • levar.v.williams - 2012-03-12 11:17

    well that will teach him to do his homework...he supposed to be finished his last year in a degree not still in high school grade 11

  • Aaron - 2012-03-12 11:21

    What a bunch of losers. 20yrs old in grade 11? Teachers using sjamboks for discipline? Sounds like they all deserve each other...

  • breggie.hale - 2012-03-12 11:25

    What a barbaric act!!! Sjamboks should be banned. I also notice at the traffic lights that these are for sale....and the crack when the vendor demonstrates what damage this weapon can do, causes me to shudder. The Headmaster of the said school should be made redundant and be discharged with immediate effect.

  • Grant - 2012-03-12 11:31

    A few things in the report don't jell : The 'pupil' is 20 and still at school? The alleged incident happened in April and it's only now in court. Think about this. If a guy is bending over getting jacks, how does his scrotum get injured? He must have had his pants down and have a ball-bag the size of an elephant. Apparently the pupil was unable to explain the presence of tooth marks ;-)

  • Richard - 2012-03-12 11:32

    20 in Grade 11 WTF?? He will probably become Minister of education soon.

  • Linda - 2012-03-12 11:40

    Lock the "B" up. I am all for corporal punishment but this is taking it to far!!!

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 11:52

    Fire the principal and deregister him with SACE. Again 20 years at grade 11 smells trouble. There must be special school for these kids or should be doing artisan courses because generally they are a bad influence to younger one at school. But I am not linking this to the incident.

  • Ronald Bruyns - 2012-03-12 12:19

    If that was my kid, the principal would be picking up his teeth with his broken fingers.

      Natasha Callender - 2012-03-12 12:35

      i agree with u MR.Ronald.

      kagisoevelyn - 2012-10-22 14:17

      That's such a retarded thing to say, you do sound like someone who'd have a 20year old son in grade 11. I know mr Mojagi personally, he's a very good person who loves his work. Eletsa Secondary School wouldn't be the good school it is had it not been for him, we all make mostakes and this was his..

  • Nigel - 2012-03-12 12:32

    20 year old pupil, theres the problem

  • Joe - 2012-03-12 13:20

    AT 2O and still in grade 11, he is looking for attention , nobody hit/cut his lobs.

  • Ntsanwisi - 2012-03-12 13:25

    thats good for better schooling. today's kids believe they're dads and moms in schools by doing all sorts of rubbish without learning. they use school grounds as romantic seasides. spare the rod and spoil the child. a 20yr in grade 11, still-i finished my matric when i was 17yrs and i passed it because discipline was a no discussion matter. i started working during the apartheid era and i was one of the few blacks who were managers

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-03-12 17:52

      As educator I am shocked and disturbed by this, but I have been in a few situations where a schoolchild is in a threatening position, I can't imagine what I would do if he was 20 years old!! BTW Ntsanwisi, you are what South Africa should be built on, if I had my say! I commend any man who rose to a position through merit.

  • Ruandre - 2012-03-12 13:59

    As supporter of corporal punishment i am sickened with this report. When you beat someone with a sjambok it is to add insult to injury. Because a sjambok was used to beat cattle in the old days. That is why the police used it on blacks in apartheid to because they believed the people were animals. Things changed for the better, so should the people

  • natalie.matthysen - 2012-03-12 14:01

    isn't corporal punishment illegal?

  • James - 2012-03-12 15:36

    Cmon man where's your balls?

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-12 16:17

    How sick that children who are willing to learn end up with teachers and Principals like this one. The dedicated Teachers, nurses and police seem to have flown out of the window. How sad.

  • Boitumelo Masango - 2012-03-14 19:12

    Hw sad

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