Not the first of its kind

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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.”

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