James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition.
The DA absolutely condemns the assault of a learner by a teacher at Hoërskool Patriot and calls on Education MEC Reginah Mhaule to immediately suspend the teacher pending the outcome of an investigation.
Alarming cell phone footage was recorded and broadcast on social media and television news yesterday and last night, and shows how a male teacher brutally slaps, kicks and pulls the hair of a female learner.
The disturbing footage has subsequently been removed from YouTube due to certain violations of its term of service, but downloaded copies have subsequently gone viral.
Corporal punishment and the assault of learners of any form is entirely unacceptable.
To this end, MEC Mhaule must, without delay, dispatch a team to the school to investigate the matter. The teacher must be suspended pending the outcome of the enquiry, and criminal charges of assault must be brought against him without delay.