- A North West mom will appear in court this week for hitting a teacher.
- She believed the teacher turned her children away for being late.
- She will face a charge of common assault in the Mahikeng Magistrate's Court.
A North West parent will appear in court this week after allegedly hitting a teacher. The mom believed her children had been turned away for being late and in the heat of a confrontation with the teacher, was alleged to have hit her.
Police spokesperson Colonel Adele Myburgh said the 14 June incident was reported to the police, and the mother accused of hitting the teacher was warned to appear in court on 24 June.
North West education department spokesperson Elias Malindi alleged that the mother confronted the teacher and accused her of turning her children back because they arrived late for class.
The children are in Grade 4 and Grade R.
Malindi said an investigation showed that the children did not arrive at school that day.
North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela condemned the incident inside the Grade 6 classroom at Phera Primary School in Tsetse Village near Mahikeng.
"I am perturbed by the incident and the actions of this specific parent. Our teachers are beacons of hope and should be treated as such for their huge revolutionary role they play in educating our society.
"As a department, we plead with parents to protect teachers and not to cause any harm on them. Teachers should be treated as a scarce commodity which needs to be protected by the entire society," said Matsemela.
The teacher was not seriously physically injured, but the psychological impact was said to be significant.