Teachers arrested for severe beating

2012-03-23 11:09

Durban - Four KwaZulu-Natal teachers have been arrested in connection with beating a pupil so severely he lost sensation in one testicle, according to a report on Friday.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed on Thursday that a case of assault was opened last month at the Nsikeni police station in Umzimkulu, The Witness reported.

It was not clear when the teachers would appear in court. The teenager said that in January he had received 12 lashes on his buttocks and three on his hand. He woke up that night with pain in his genitals.

A doctor later found blood clots blocking his circulation and he had needed surgery. He had lost sensation in one of his testicles. The boy said he was not angry or surprised as physical punishment was normal at his school.

Provincial education MEC Senzo Mchunu said he was aware corporal punishment was still happening, but that teachers who did this, did so at their own risk.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) said the teachers had since resigned. They were not members of the union.

Said regional secretary Lindani Mkhize: "As Sadtu, we disagree with corporal punishment as it is against the law."

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-23 11:20

    Kick them in the nuts and send them to jail, that will TEACH them a LESSON.

      Max - 2012-03-23 11:39

      This kid's got balls..

      Tim - 2012-03-23 11:57

      I believe in corporal punishment but that is extreme!!!

  • Vusi - 2012-03-23 11:22

    If it is against the law, why is it still happening???????

      Aubrey - 2012-03-23 11:39

      This is africa pal, rules dont apply here.they are only used when it suits you or the anc.

      TheMonk - 2012-03-23 12:37

      Its because we still have un-educated teachers.

      Ruth - 2012-03-23 12:42

      ....tell him WHO you are Vusi ;-))

      Marion - 2012-03-23 13:26

      @Aubrey - Those of us who know what Vusi is about know that your comment is not relevant when it comes to him.

  • Omrisho - 2012-03-23 11:26

    i hope that they prosecute for child abuse, these are not teachers, may they never stand in front of a classroom again

  • thulani.sparks - 2012-03-23 11:30

    "Lost sensation in one testicle" wtf man!!!

      shandukane.moshatana - 2012-03-23 13:54


  • Ref Mogano - 2012-03-23 11:35

    Corporal punishment is unlawful. Those teachers must be brought to book...immediately .the thing that they did is way out of line

  • Sophumla - 2012-03-23 11:38

    i don't see anything wrong with a good hiding but to beat up a kid aint on! There is a big diffrence betweem a hiding and a beating! Wow and wtf, lost sensation in one testi, shame man..

      Jacqui - 2012-03-23 13:12

      Sophumla, hiding, beating what's the difference, you are still brutalizing someone who can't defend himself against you. Must feel really powerful for a grown up beating a child. Geez.

  • Jeanne - 2012-03-23 11:41

    Four of them? did ALL four beat the same kid at the same time?!

  • Barefoot - 2012-03-23 11:44

    Give that boy a Rum Sucker! for taking it like a man "he was not angry or surprised"

  • momsiccles - 2012-03-23 12:04

    kick them back were it hurts the most, so they also loose their sensation, prudes...poor thing have lost out on having a feeling of zest...

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