A video of a KwaZulu-Natal teacher allegedly assaulting a learner over the head with a huge wooden log and then beating him up has gone viral on social media.
The video, which was apparently taken at Richards Bay Secondary School, has prompted DA member of the provincial legislature, Imraan Keeka, to raise the issue with Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu. The video shows a man, apparently a teacher, pummelling the bulky log into the learner’s head before punching him in a vicious assault until bystanders pull him off the learner.
“I sent a set of parliamentary questions to MEC Mshengu enquiring about exatctly what happened, who was affected and what happened to the educator,” he said.
Mshengu said it had been alleged that the educator had beaten not only his main target shown in the video with but also other learners.
“What we want to know is, has this person been charged and suspended and if they have been charged I want to see evidence of the charge. I want to see the case number. We are querying everying that happened,” he said.
The video that has been circulating on social media can be watched here:
Keeka said that investigations of incidents of assault and bullying at schools usually took place at district level and it could take time for the process to unfold before it was raised at the level of the MEC’s office.
He said the education department had previously “thrown the book” at teachers who had abused learners.
“We expect that the department will follow the same process here. I have a responsibility as a legislator and every other citizen of the country has a responsibility to report these matters because it is child abuse,” he said.
He said that in terms of the Children’s Act citizens had a responsibility to report child abuse. He said the MEC for Social Development would also be made aware of the incident so that psychological services could be provided to the learners.