Pupils #Idibal­aChal­lenge in class­room draws flak

The Star Early Edition - - METRO - SAKHILE NDLAZI RUDZANI MATSHILI |

AF­TER des­per­ately look­ing for miss­ing Dean Jafta for a year and five months, his Eer­sterust fam­ily will have to wait a few more weeks to re­ceive his re­mains.

The 20-year-old went miss­ing on May20 last year. His car was found at a town­house in Cla­r­ina near Aka­sia two days af­ter his dis­ap­pear­ance.

The fam­ily learnt this week dur­ing a visit rudzani.matshili@inl.co.za THE Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has strongly con­demned pupils at Pre­to­ria’s Hoërskool Aka­sia who were cap­tured on cam­era tak­ing part in the #Idibal­aChal­lenge (faint­ing chal­lenge) while a teacher was in the room.

In the video that has since gone vi­ral, the pupils wait for the teacher to sit down be­fore “faint­ing” to the hit song, Mal­wedhe, by Lim­popo mu­si­cian King Mon­ada. by the MEC for Com­mu­nity Safety, Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane, that the po­lice had found the body in Blue Hills, Midrand, last year, a week af­ter he went miss­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, he was shot dead, then buried. Af­ter be­ing found, his re­mains were trans­ferred to the Hill­brow mor­tu­ary and later buried as an un­known per­son.

The fu­ri­ous fe­male teacher is heard chal­leng­ing the pupils to take her to court. She also tells them she does­not want to see them in her class for the rest of the term.

Some view­ers found the video funny; oth­ers slammed the pupils, say­ing they should rather fo­cus on their school work.

Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Steve Mabona said the depart­ment was aware of the video and pupils had to be rep­ri­manded for ill-dis­ci­pline. “We are aware of this un­for­tu­nate chal­lenge in the said school. Pupils must be re­minded that schools are for ed­u­ca­tion. As such they must al­ways fo­cus on be­ing en­riched with knowl­edge for suc­cess­ful fu­ture en­deav­ours.

“This was a crit­i­cal time where schools were ad­min­is­ter­ing ex­ams and such be­hav­iour must be dis­cour­aged.”

The hit Mal­wedhe, re­leased a few days ago, has been trend­ing, largely be­cause of the #Idibal­aChal­lenge. It’s about a per­son who gets a dis­ease when his or her part­ner cheats – and then faints.

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