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SACE ex­plained that on re­ceipt of the com­plaint, it is reg­is­tered.

◆ The per­son com­plained of (al­leged ac­cused) is in­formed about the al­le­ga­tions against him/her and a re­quest is made for a writ­ten re­ply with re­gard to the al­le­ga­tions within 10 days and in some cases within five days de­pend­ing on the na­ture of the com­plaint.

◆ A let­ter will also be sent to the other par­ties men­tioned in the al­le­ga­tions,

at a school to a pupil. Any per­son who con­tra­venes sub-sec­tion (1) is guilty of an of­fence and li­able to con­vic­tion and a sen­tence could be im­posed for as­sault.

Al­though this law has been in ef­fect for the past two decades, fig­ures from Statis­tics SA re­veal a har­row­ing

in­clud­ing the com­plainant.

◆ Once a re­sponse is re­ceived, it is read and a rec­om­men­da­tion will be pre­pared for the ethics com­mit­tee.

◆ The com­mit­tee guides the pro­cesses and will de­ter­mine whether a com­plaint war­rants an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, me­di­a­tion or dis­ci­pline.

◆ The com­plaint is then re­ferred to a rel­e­vant au­thor­ity such as the Education De­part­ment labour re­la­tions coun­cil or the SAPS.

re­al­ity. Its 2016 sur­vey found that 11.5% (1.2 mil­lion) chil­dren at­tend­ing school aged be­tween 7 and 17 re­ported hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced some form of vi­o­lence at school in the three months prior to the sur­vey pe­riod.

What should you do if your child has re­ceived corporal punishment

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