Mbali Ntuli, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Education
The DA has called on KZN’s Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, to urgently establish a comprehensive policy on practices of initiation and hazing at schools in the province.
The call, made yesterday during a Sitting of the KZN legislature, comes after media reports of sadistic abuse at a well known Pietermaritzburg school emerged at the weekend. The DA welcomes the MEC’s decision to launch an independent probe into the alleged incidents which took place at the school hostel.
Certainly, this is not the first instance of such rites at schools despite authorities being responsible for creating a safe learning environment – especially in hostels. Along with an increase in brutality is a clear gap in understanding exactly how to deal with these matters.
This is a very clear indicator that a firm policy is needed.
The DA is particularly concerned by the fact that the learner alleged to have carried out the atrocities remains at school even representing the school at a sports tournaments. We urge the MEC to include a time frame during which those under investigation have no contact whatsoever with their alleged victims as part of the policy.
It is imperative that rules are put into place to protect our learners. We expect the MEC to report back to the KZN education portfolio committee on a way forward which will ensure that our schools are safe, secure and nurturing environments which are conducive to learning.