Two pupils ex­pelled af­ter attack video goes vi­ral

The Witness - Wheels - - NEWS - AMANDA KHOZA • amanda. khoza@ wit­ness. co. za

TWO Dur­ban pupils who re­peat­edly beat a ju­nior pupil in a board­ing estab­lish­ment, and filmed it, have been ex­pelled.

The girls, who at­tended Vukuza­khe Sec­ondary School in Um­lazi, have also been told that no school will en­rol them for their ma­tric year un­til 2016.

The hor­rific in­ci­dent went vi­ral on Face­book.

While the in­ci­dent oc­curred in Septem­ber last year, its con­tents only be­came known to au­thor­i­ties last week.

KZN Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Muzi Mahlambi said: “When we heard about the in­ci­dent we im­me­di­ately in­structed a team to go there. There was a tri­bunal yes­ter­day [ Tues­day] and it was rec­om­mended that the two pupils that did the beat­ing be ex­pelled from the school. The child that took the video has been suspended,” said Mahlambi.

He said the depart­ment was ap­palled by the in­ci­dent.

“This is a form of vi­o­lence and we will not tol­er­ate it. In the past, pupils have died and some left paral­ysed from in­ci­dences like this.”

He said this type of in­ci­dent can “cre­ate di­vi­sion in a com­mu­nity”.

This is the sec­ond school bul­ly­ing video to go on­line this year.

In the North­ern Cape, four pupils from the Jan Kem­p­dorp High School faced charges of rape and as­sault af­ter a black pupil was vi­o­lated by the four white pupils with a broom­stick. The in­ci­dent was filmed. * ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Jonathan Eras­mus.

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