education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that the Sans Souci Girls High School teacher seen in a video smacking a pupil after an altercation was due to appear for a formal disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.  

The pupil was also expected to appear after both were suspended following the incident.  The pair made news last week when the video went viral, showing an altercation that led to the pupil shoving the teacher, and the teacher retaliating by slapping her.  After the incident, the duo laid counter-charges of assault against each other.  Chief executive of the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU), Chris Klopper, said they would be assisting the teacher in the process.  “She is our member and we will do what we need to do, as we would with any other member.  We have to give her what is due to her.  We have appointed an astute senior counsel, as well as an external lawyer to deal with the matter.”  He said the union believed both the teacher and the pupil could have acted differently in the situation.

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