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gavel thumb100 Daily Dispatch reports that the Department of Basic Education in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that one of its teachers is facing trial on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.  

The Mbizana high school teacher allegedly dished out 58 lashes to a 16-year-old who failed to submit an assignment in July.  The pupil’s arm is now fractured.  The teacher has apparently was not been suspended and is still at the school, but the pupil has yet to return to class.  Departmental spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said on Sunday:  “We have to allow the law to take its course and [we] can only act after the court’s outcome.  If the teacher is found guilty‚ he would definitely be fired.”  A source said the teacher got angry with the pupil’s response as to why he did not do his assignment and hit the pupil 58 times with a plastic pipe on the right hand.

  • A short report by Aretha Linden is at Timeslive

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