This comes after a video of an Alfred Matshine Secondary School student in Casteel, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, being abused by classmates went viral on social media. Custard is thrown on a student by two children in the video, as others cheer.
MEC Bonakele Majuba told the Daily Sun that there were recordings of students from Entokozweni High in Emalahleni and Hoerskool Sybrand Van Niekerk in Sabie assaulting each other over the course of two weeks.
"We have a lot of schools which are problematic and characterised as hot spot schools. The department is making sure we attend to such schools and remove them from the hot spot when they become better.”
He urged parents and communities to keep working together to ensure that bullying does not occur in schools.
“We cannot allow our classrooms to become battlegrounds. They should be locations where our children may learn in a relaxing environment.
The students who were involved in the incident at Alfred Matshine Secondary were supposedly skhothanes. They participated in these activities to spite each other," two students from competing groups told the People's Paper.
"This is just for fun. We do this when we want to embarrass you. There’s nothing hectic,” said one of the pupils. Another student stated that as much fun as this was, it will eventually get ugly.
“This is going to generate a lot of problems. What if someone shows up with a pistol and starts wreaking havoc? “I see danger,” the student predicted.
Another student claimed that they recommended the victim to file a police report, but he declined.
“We've been trying to calm the situation,” said Robert Chiloane, chairman of the school governing committee. We've looked for a reason and feel it's due to social activities.”
The victim's phone went to voicemail when the People's Paper tried to call him.
Colonel Donald Mdhluli, a spokesman for the Mpumalanga police, said they were working with the departments of education and community safety to secure the safety of teachers and students.
He said, "We urge students to desist from harassing and abusing their friends because such activities might result in injury or murder."
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