Teacher accused of assault 'hides' from media

2015-07-23 12:23

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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.

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