Sandton teacher suspended for brandishing knife in argument with pupil

2016-09-01 22:32


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Cape Town - A high school teacher in Johannesburg has been suspended after footage recently emerged of her wielding a knife while arguing with a pupil.

A video that went viral showed her and the boy arguing on school grounds, along with the caption "she clearly states that she's going to stab the student".

The footage was allegedly shot at Marlboro Gardens Secondary School.

A man is seen intervening. The pupil raises his hand and says something to her. She is seen slapping him on the side of the head.

The man then steps between them and tries to lead the pupil away while the teacher attempts to get close to him.

The Gauteng education department confirmed the teacher was suspended on August 22.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi's spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said the teacher was employed by the school governing body and not directly by the education department. 

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He could not provide further details on what subjects or grades she taught.

During her suspension, the department would hold an inquiry to establish the facts.

Bodibe said they condemned violence in any form.

"It is concerning that a teacher was seen with a knife. We don't know why and under what context. Why couldn't she just put it away?" he said.

"Even if the learner was wrong, brandishing a knife like that could be traumatic for a child."

The teacher would be given a chance to respond to the allegations.

An independent person would then be appointed to hear the case and make a finding.

Bodibe said the length of an inquiry depended on the complexity of the case.

While many were shocked at the video, some social media users came to the teacher's defence.

They commented that she was one of the best teachers at the school.

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