WATCH: Teacher assaults pupil at Christian school

2016-02-03 10:42


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2016-02-03 09:57

An assault by what appears to be a teacher on pupils at a school with a Christian ethos, in Springs, east of Johannesburg, has been captured on video. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - An assault by what appears to be a teacher on a pupil at a Christian school, in Springs, on the East Rand, has been captured on video.

In the first of two videos, a man presumed to be a teacher smacks one of the pupils. In the second video, the same man overturns a desk before pushing a pupil. The videos are dated October and November last year. It is not clear whether the same pupil is involved.

Olympia Park School is a Lutheran Special Education Ministries school.

News24 has been trying since Monday to get comment from the school, which has repeatedly referred the matter to the education department.

Gauteng education department acting spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said on Tuesday that the department was "extremely disappointed" by the teacher's alleged conduct.

The department had not been aware of the video and only learned about what had happened when it approached the principal.

"Corporal punishment no longer has space in schools and any educator found to have administered corporal punishment will face charges of assault, which could lead to the educator being dismissed," Bodibe said.

The principal was ordered to explain in writing why the matter was not reported to the department.

Bodibe said the department's labour relations unit was considering disciplinary action and would provide counselling for the pupils.

The South African Schools Act prohibits corporal punishment in schools.

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