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Teacher dragged for brutally beating up student with a duster

Siphosethu Mayase made her first appearance at the East London magistrate’s court on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Her case was postponed to July 19 for further investigation.

Mayase was arrested and charged on Friday at the Gonubie police station but did not spend the weekend in jail.

Two weeks ago, the 12-year-old boy was taken to Frere Hospital after being transferred from Chris Hani clinic in Nompumelelo.

The grade 6 pupil needed three stitches above his left eye. The teacher allegedly threw a wooden duster at him.

His mother opened a case with police after teachers from the school phoned her to say her son had been injured.

When Mayase appeared before magistrate Anna-marie Elliot she opted to be represented by a Legal Aid SA attorney.

However, it soon emerged she did not qualify for a statefunded lawyer as she earns more than R7,000 a month.

She then said she would get her own lawyer.

Education spokesperson Mali Mtima said Mayase would be served with a precautionary suspension letter when she returned from court.

Meanwhile, the school was continuing with its own internal investigation.


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