Girl’s al­leged as­sailant in court

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BER­NADETTE WOLHUTER

THE fa­ther of the teenage girl who was al­legedly bru­tally as­saulted at Siy­athuthuka High School in Inanda, north of Dur­ban, in Novem­ber wants jus­tice for his child.

The man said yes­ter­day that he hoped to see the boy who al­legedly beat his then 16-year-old daugh­ter un­til she bled, con­victed and sen­tenced to pri­son time.

“She is try­ing to move on but it’s a strug­gle, she still gets headaches,” he said yes­ter­day.

The sus­pect’s first ap­pear­ance in court was sched­uled for to­day.

A har­row­ing video – of a teenage boy bru­tally as­sault­ing his fe­male peer on a school premises – emerged on Twit­ter on Women’s Day.

In the video, the boy throws the girl against a wall, while a group of oth­ers shout in isiZulu: “Scratch her face.”

She falls to the ground and re­mains silent as he kicks her re­peat­edly and shouts at her that she is “talk­ing s***”.

Then he ca­su­ally walks away. The girl strug­gles to get up. She ap­pears to be bleed­ing.

The video gar­nered na­tional at­ten­tion, and the day af­ter it sur­faced, the KwaZulu-Natal De­part­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion iden­ti­fied the school at which it was filmed as Siy­athuthuka.

On Fri­day, a crim­i­nal case was opened at Inanda po­lice sta­tion, and later that evening, a sus­pect was handed over by his fa­ther. He is fac­ing charges of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The girl’s fa­ther said yes­ter­day that he felt vin­di­cated and re­lieved that there was fi­nally some progress in the case.

Po­lice al­legedly re­fused to en­ter­tain his ini­tial at­tempts at open­ing a case im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent.

He said yes­ter­day that now the law should run its course and he would be mon­i­tor­ing the case closely.

The de­part­ment said in a state­ment at the week­end that it had vis­ited the school on a fact-find­ing mis­sion.

“The school prin­ci­pal gave us a re­port which in­di­cated that in fact the in­ci­dent hap­pened in Novem­ber 2016,” it said.

It is un­der­stood that both chil­dren in the video have since changed schools.

The de­part­ment said it had iden­ti­fied some “gaps” in the man­ner in which the school han­dled the mat­ter.

“We have or­dered that an in­ter­nal tri­bunal be started afresh and that it be headed up at a district of­fice level to en­sure trans­parency,” it said.

“We stand firm against all forms of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents that may oc­cur in our schools. We will fol­low this par­tic­u­lar case closely to en­sure that jus­tice is served.”

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