Johannesburg - A teacher accused of assaulting and injuring a learner pulled out all the stops to dodge the media as he appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Dikeme Maitsheki and some of his supporters allegedly told a journalist she was “playing with fire”. After the confrontation, Maitsheki walked to the door of the court, but turned back when he spotted a photographer waiting outside. An hour later he still had not emerged from the court building.Shortly before this, the 34-year-old teacher had appeared briefly before Magistrate Yunus Nana. Dressed in a blue pullover and striped shirt, he listened attentively as he was told that his matter was postponed to August 27. Maitsheki was alleged to have beaten a group of learners with a steel pipe after they failed to get a maths question right. One of the learners, a 12-year-old girl, sustained injuries. The Krugersdorp News website reported at the time that the pupil's mother had come home on May 7 and found her daughter in pain. Her left hand was reportedly badly swollen.The teacher was arrested shortly thereafter. He faces a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.At the time, the education department promised to investigate the incident.