Not the first of its kind
The Manyano Primary School case is not the first corporal punishment incident in Mpumalanga after which a pupil has died.
In 2014, Paballo Seane (19) died allegedly after she was sjambokked at the notorious Cefups Academy in Mbombela for failing a test. Seane was Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi’s niece.
Mpumalanga education spokesperson Jasper Zwane could not confirm or deny if a murder charge was laid with the police. The results of Seane’s postmortem have not been made public.
The department investigated the R60 000-a-year private school after the incident and failed in its attempts to deregister it and close it down after Cefups Academy owner Simon Mkhatshwa successfully applied to the Pretoria High Court to set the department’s decision aside.
The court, however, banned Cefups Academy from administering corporal punishment and directed its management to give employees letters telling them they should refrain from beating pupils.
Cefups Academy was also ordered to allow the department to install a complaints box.
Zwane said: “All indications for now suggest that the school is complying with the order.”