Teacher held for assaulting boy, 8

2011-08-29 07:28

Johannesburg - A North West teacher has been arrested for assaulting an 8-year-old boy so seriously that he had to undergo two operations.

The Times
reported on Monday that Benjamin Amogelang Nakedi, a Grade 1 pupil in Skeerpoort, was beaten with a board duster by his female teacher, Tebogo Marothong.

He was allegedly punished for making a noise in the classroom.

Following the assault, Nakedi was taken to hospital where he spent a week undergoing treatment for injuries to his hand. A wooden chip had to be removed from his right thumb.

It was reported that action against the teacher was only taken after two months, when repeated enquiries by the media moved police to arrest Marothong.

A provincial education spokesperson said the department was investigating the incident and that action had been taken against the teacher. 

Corporal punishment is illegal in South Africa.

  • slg - 2011-08-29 07:36

    South Africa is the second-most violent country in the world second only to El-Salvador. Wake up ANC government. Safety and security is the primary responsibility of every government.

      Caz - 2011-08-29 08:03

      Dont agree with you, check our cnn, mexico and brazil, cuba, dcm, lybia, ect..... Come-on wake up. start reading other news agencies and you will see we are about par!!

      onmyway - 2011-08-29 08:06

      I seriously doubt that. What about all the Arab countries, Rusian republicks, South American countries, Chinese sweat shops etc. etc.

      Grayman - 2011-08-29 08:09

      @Caz; the fact that we are mentioned in the same breath as any of those countries is enough cause for concern. I dream of the day that SA is competing for the top 10 SAFEST countries in the world.

      Grant - 2011-08-29 08:11 don't agree that "Safety and security is the primary responsibility of every government." ??? These other countries have nothing to do with us - we don't live there! I don't care who whether we are on/above/below par our society is way too violent and needs resolving! Sies on you!

      slg - 2011-08-29 08:13

      The graph I'm looking at actually says Swaziland and Columbia (not El-Salvador) have higher intentional crime rates than South Africa. They're the top three. []

      Boab - 2011-08-29 08:43

      @onmyway Have you ever been in one of the factories here? Not at all different from Chinese sweat shops my friend.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-29 09:31

      Lets start by firing this creature, never to enter a classroom again !!!

      Megan - 2011-08-29 10:06

      @Truthseeker: I... no, infact there is nothing that can be said for a comment as ignorant as yours.

      truthseeker - 2011-08-29 13:15

      @megan; if you agree with @slg that the anc should somehow fix our society's violent behaviour then yes, there is nothing you can say. someone as ignorant as you probably finds it hard to formulate words. how are you doing with motor fuctions.

      Megan - 2011-08-29 13:53

      @Truthseeker. If it is not the responsibility of the people who govern this country to sort out the crime rate then who's responsibility is it? Please don't get me wrong, I'm more than happy to arm myself to the teeth and take out every single murderer, rapist and corrupt official, but then how exactly does that seperate me from the criminals? Of course safety in all aspects is the responisibility of those power. Don't fool yourself in believing anything else. Only those who make the laws can ensure that those laws are upheld.

      Megan - 2011-08-29 13:55

      Oh, and you're right, the ANC can't fix the crime problem, mainly because they are incapable of finding their own backsides, even with the use of both hands a map and a compass.

      Megan - 2011-08-29 14:03

      I always find it so amusing how the cowards who hide behind an alias are the one's who are so quick to belittle a person instead of the idea/topic being discussed. Truthseeker, I stated that I thought your comment was ignorant, not once did I call YOU ignorant. And while my motor functions are working perfectly well, I hope the day comes when I find you lying on the side of the road, bleeding to death after being the victim of some hijacking that your government has done nothing to try and stop and I seriously hope that on THAT day, my skills as a paramedic are severely hampered by my lack of motor function.

  • Janice - 2011-08-29 07:37

    Thats so disgusting! I dont mind a good wack on the backside for unruly kids, but this is really appaling! Fire herand make her pay ALL the costs involved!!

      onmyway - 2011-08-29 08:08

      I agree; a good smack on the bottom might be the best thing you can do for a child some times, but abuse and this type of aggression should be dealt with with the full wrath of the law. That is if the full wrath of the law in SA mean anything....

      Sabsi - 2011-08-29 08:36

      ...if you believe in smacking, this is what's gonna happen... We as adults are far to strong for these little backsides and hands!! Some of you might say: "Ja, but it didn't harm us in the old days..." It DID harm this little boy (from the report) and far too many children in this country are getting hurt (physically and psychologically), who get beaten up by their parents, who they are supposed to trust and love. Can't be the right way! We are to strong for them!!

      Megan - 2011-08-29 10:16

      Sabsi, there is a HUGE difference between a bit of discipline and abuse. What happened here was pure abuse. It does not mean to say that those who got the occasional hiding for doing something wrong were abused. I had plenty of wooden spoons broken on my backside and I am a perfectly well adjusted adult - probably because of the discipline I received at home. I do however think that there's more to this story and it is so unfortunate that a young child had to suffer. Very few people, especially those who enter into a teacher/care-giver responsibility will ever resort to this kind of behaviour unless they find themselves in a situation where they just can't take it anymore. I'm certainly not saying it's right or okay and this teacher should definitely be punished with the full force of the law. But we aren't solving the problems. Teachers no longer enjoy the support from parents or even school governing bodies. Instead, in most cases they are faced day in and day out with unruly, undisciplined kids, with a complete lack of resources in which to do their jobs well. Any human being would eventually crack so before we pass judgement we need to ask ourselves, who is doing more damage? The teacher who tries (albeit wrongly) to instill discipline or today's parents who don't seem to have the time to ensure that their own "darling angels" are brought up correctly. I do believe that a lack of discipline should be considered a form of child abuse as well.

      Opinionated - 2011-08-29 10:26

      @Sabsi - being bashed on hand with a black board duster is a completely different story from a hiding on the bum with your bare hand. The truth is that that it didn't harm us in the old days, and it doesn't harm children now provided it is done in the right manner and with the right intentions. Providing discipline with the occasionaly hiding is a completely different story from using your child as a punching bad to vent your frustrations and if you are not able to differentiate between the two then it would be fair enough to say that you are not fit to be a parent.

      Sabsi - 2011-08-29 12:59

      @Megan & Opinionated I know what you're trying to say, but I don't think smacking in any way is right. ...and looking at some kids in my son's class, where I know that their parents punish them physically, it doesn't help at all. The opposite: they get more rebellious every time. They are also the ones who start physical fights at school, because they think it's right, because 'daddy does it'. I was lucky, I grew up without any smacking and I think, I turned out to be nice ;-) I found an interesting webpage on this subject. Please read it to the end and have a good day.

      Opinionated - 2011-08-29 14:31

      @Sabsi, at the end of the day, each to their own. I was in no way affected physically or emotionally from the hidings that I received from my folks and looking back I know that I deserved every one that I got. I also know that my parents gave me the hidings because they love me and they needed me to know that what ever I had done was wrong. For example, if I had left the house without letting them know where I was going and what I was doing... Not only did I stress them out completely, but I put myself at risk because if something had happened to me no one would know where to even start looking. That is the kind of mistake that a child doesn't always get to make twice when living in a country like SA. What ever your method is, the end result is to get your message across to your child that they have crossed a boundary, a hiding get the message across to me very clearly and I am the person that I am today because of it and I have the most awesome relationship with my parents as well because I am thankful to them for how they raised me. In turn, I give my child a hiding when she has crossed boundaries.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-08-29 07:38

    If it was my son, the teacher would still be eating through a straw today. Enough is enough.

      onmyway - 2011-08-29 08:09

      How about a feeding tube through the nose?!

      slg - 2011-08-29 08:15

      Unfortunately that's probably what the teacher's father did to him. Violence begets violence. The patterns are imprinted into the mind with intense emotional energy, which then creates the urge and drive to repeat them.

      Blogmaster - 2011-08-29 13:02

      A Straw??? My my you are mild...................

  • 1gascan - 2011-08-29 07:46

    Why did the parents not act on this immediately? Why must the media (after 2 months) finally urge charges to be brought against the teacher...?

      CheekyR - 2011-08-29 07:51

      Its actually horrible that the media had to plant the idea that action had to be taken... What happens when it happens to our children and the media isn't there to plant the seed of violent-act???? This country and its justice system amazes me beyond belief (o0.)

  • shanns - 2011-08-29 07:48

    someone should do that to her child. dismiss her.

      Grant - 2011-08-29 08:14

      The child is not responsible for the parents actions. Why continue the cycle of violence. Yes, she must be not only dismissed but barred from ever working with children again. A jail sentence will also be appropriate.

      Susannomore - 2011-08-29 08:30

      what has the teacher's child done? Why punish another innocent?

  • Fredster69 - 2011-08-29 07:58

    Charge the teacher. She should not be allowed to teach

  • Thandi - 2011-08-29 07:59

    I homeschool my children and it's stories like this that make me glad that I know for a fact that this kind of stuff isn't happening to my own child.I salute all the GOOD teachers.

  • kseyffert - 2011-08-29 08:15

    hmmmm, before we all go off our rockers over this, lets remember that the media never get the facts right. They are out to sell stories and are quite willing to over empahsize small facts and leave out bits that don't suite the story. That said, lets be clear that a good hiding for an unruly brat never did any damage and certainly helped us along the path to maturity when I was a kid, HOWEVER!!! hitting a kid so it needs medical attention is never acceptable. Lets also be clear here that people taking a kid to see a doctor just to make a case is also very wrong!!! Before anybody gets all hot under the coller here, remember my opening statement...

      Robbie - 2011-08-29 08:27

      I only agree with your opening statement,thats my opinion.I hope that I never have to come face to face with anybody who lays his or her hand on my child.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-29 08:46

      Irrespective of a klap being right or wrong in our eyes, it's agains the Law. That is the point here. So, to raise hands to a Grade 1 or a Grade 12 is just that, against the laws of South Africa. I doubt the media are wrong in the entirety on this story, or there could not be an arrest. The police must have had sufficient evidence to perform the arrest in the first place.

      Megan - 2011-08-29 10:24

      GinSA1 And it's a STUPID law! On Thursday my domestic worker was mugged, at gun point, by a group of 15 year olds... So basically all that is happening is a complete lack of discipline in the home is directly resulting in unruly, ill-adjusted teenagers which in turn, directly contributes to the ill-discipline seen in our society today. Of course there is a big difference between the occasional hiding and abuse, but try not to confuse the two. As I've stated in a previous comment, a lack of discipline should also be viewed as a form of child abuse.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-29 15:02

      Hi Megan, in no way am I confusing the two. I simply am saying, that that is the Law governing discipline in South Africa. We can't expect to judge somebody who breaks one law but have somebody else break another. That was the only point I was making.

      Megan - 2011-08-29 15:23

      Sure Gin, I do get your point. I still think it's a stupid law though. I really do not believe that a good hiding every now and again is out of place or that it should be considered abuse. A parent has a right to discipline their own children in whatever manner they see fit (and please don't get me wrong, I am not saying that they have the right to put out cigarettes on their bare skin, or smack them so hard that any mark other than a nice red hand print is left because I do completely know the difference between discipline and abuse). I believed parents should be encouraged or at least reminded that at the end of the day, they are the ones who need to instill the discipline.

  • Lightdancer - 2011-08-29 08:37

    To be able to act in such an uncontrolled manner toward an innocent child you have to be an incredible angry person...she should never be allowed to work with children and she should be forced to undergo counseling...there is much underlying aggression/anger in this teacher which should be addressed... "poor child"...

  • Willie Bouwer - 2011-08-29 08:42

    A week in hospital to remove a wooden chip from his thumb, this sums up the whole agenda....

  • Jay - 2011-08-29 08:46

    if controlled corporal punishment in any form were allowed, maybe teachers wouldn't be driven over the edge by the really naughtiest of children stealing the teacher's attention off the other children. What this teacher did was sick but many of us grew up getting sent to the principal for a stern talking to or a few smacks on the butt which is what i mean by "controlled corporate punishment". Then big classes will also not be such a problem as they will be manageable thanks to stricter circumstances. Bring back controlled + regulated corporal punishment for more manageable schooling especially where classes are overfilled.

  • JCWR56 - 2011-08-29 08:48

    i grew up in the "good old days" and from senior school, a couple of cuts for misdemeanours soon brought us in line - i have no problem with this, but it has to be administered correctly. hitting primary school kids is not acceptable and is nothing more than a teacher showing their complete inability to control their class and amounts to bullying in the extreme. this teacher needs to be punished to the letter of the law. the administration of discipline is a something that needs to be learnt whether at a school , workplace or whatever and needs to fit the crime and circumstances. if older kids for example are caught stealing, mischievous crime, vandalisim why put them in jail, let the police cane them like was the case years ago, give the kids a fright, teach them discipline and keep them out of jails where they only learn more bad habits.

  • whatno - 2011-08-29 08:54

    Talk about a teacher with issues, unfortunately the poor kid had to sufferfor it. She must face the music now. An 8 year old, for "making a noise", all 8yrs old are like that, she should also reconsider her career choice.

  • Thomas.Deuces.Claassen - 2011-08-29 09:04

    Check out the statistics on violence at

  • moeletse.leqela - 2011-08-29 09:18

    all of U people are just bored lolest!!

      CheekyR - 2011-08-29 10:58

      How bored don't you have to be to take your time to point that out..??? hahahaha

  • loserteacher - 2011-08-29 09:24

    I am becoming more & more alarmed with the lack of motivation & passion from teachers. Last week Wednesday I witnessed a teacher from Bordeaux Primary School verbally abusing primary school pupils to the point that I felt their human rights were being violated. (for no valid reason)I stepped up & reprimanded her, & requested her to stop being a bully. Teachers you have a responsibility to motivate & develop our youth - you do not have the right to humiliate & break down spirits. Any teacher who violates my child's rights will be dealt with extremely harshly.

      Megan - 2011-08-29 10:29

      How can you say you are becoming more and more alarmed at the lack of motivation and passion from teachers... wake up and look at what is happening around you. Parents are no longer interested in disciplining their own kids. We seem to have found ourselves in a situation where societly believes that it's the teachers job to discipline 30+ students, on a daily basis... Of course some of them are eventually going to have enough. When parents actually start taking responsibility for their own off-spring and stop forcing teachers, the media, domestic workers and every thing other than themselves to do THEIR jobs, maybe things like this won't happen.

  • Janine - 2011-08-29 09:29

    My daughter teaches Pre Grade R and kids are taught discipline in a loving and caring manner. I was hit by teachers at primary school level (back in the 60s) - including being slapped across the face. It taught me nothing about discipline but it did make me hate going to school.

  • FU2 - 2011-08-29 09:45

    What's wrong with teachers nowadays? can't they find someone or place to vent-out their anger/stress?

  • Enigma - 2011-08-29 10:18

    An 8 year old? I wish I was the father of that kid, I would have beat the living day lights out of that teacher. The parents must sue the department of education so that they can get rid of bad rubbish like this.

  • Tania - 2011-08-29 11:48

    I read excuses all over. Excuses for this animal abusing this child, excuses excuses. If it was my child my dear, I doubt very much that you would breathe on your own still. I will kill you with my bear hands. You touch my child and you DIE!!!!!!! THERE IS NO EXCUSE ON EARTH WHY A TEACHER SHOULD RESORT TO VIOLENCE, against a grade 1 pupil???!!!!!! If the presurre was too much, LEAVE!!!!!

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-29 11:53

    We talking about a grade 1 child here, this is pure abuse, and action should have been taken immediately. She should know better on how to deal with grade ones. If she had done that to my grade 1 daughter, I would skin her alive. she probably does the same with her own children, if she have

  • virtualv - 2011-08-29 14:16

    Who cares what happens elsewhere?? this is unacceptable behavior, i am appalled if anyone touched my child at school I would do serious damage to them!

  • Christopher - 2011-08-29 14:37

    If that was my child, I personally would have found her,and beaten her black and blue until she needed a few operations. And sadly it might be too late for her. because she died through complications while on the surgery table, It could have happened to that little child!

  • frankm - 2011-08-29 18:19

    If that was my child, the teacher would not be charged as I would have pesonally killed the bitch

  • frankm - 2011-08-29 18:24

    This says a lot about the quality of our educators. If they cannot control a class without resorting to this sort of barbaric behaviour then they should not be teaching at all and should find another profession. I know we were caned at school and this did us no wrong, but to beat a child to the point where they require medical attention is totally barbaric behaviour. And a child as young as this could not deserve this. This teacher must be removed from the education department, perhaps she could be a packer at Spar or something more in line with her intelligence. She can be lucky this was not my child.

  • Reynold - 2011-08-30 17:13

    Everyday I read the comments posted. Most of you loose the plot after the first comment was made. Sad, very sad. If my boy came home with a damaged hand, the principle, that teacher would have been racked over the coals that night already.

  • Just Someone - 2011-08-31 16:40

    @ Caz. So, Caz, if other countries go downhill, just as long as we are not as bad as Mexico/Cuba or whoever, it is OK??? You have to wake up and realise these countries are not supposed to be our benchmark!! One day, when you are a victim of this type of action, or if your child got assaulted by a teacher, don't complain, because at least we are not as bad as Zimbabwe. Really???

  • Just Someone - 2011-08-31 16:52

    @Cas To make it simple, compare SA to before 2000. We had our problems, but under a new democracy, we were doing quite well. Mandela was a great leader. And then, after 2000, things just went downhill, yearly. Quite honestly, we cannot continue like this. Somewhere we have to draw a line and stop. We need to fix things, not accept it. If we accept things all the time and don't find a way to remedy it....o, well, let me just stop there. Tired of typing since nothing will actually come from it.

  • Lulama - 2012-03-12 09:37

    What kind of person beats an 8 year old so much that he needs to have two operations? When did teaching stop being a vocation? That poor kid must have been traumatised.:-(

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