NPAEWN reports that the lawyer representing a teacher who slapped a pupil last year has questioned why charges, which were previously withdrawn, have been reinstated.  

The Sans Souci Girls' High School teacher was in the dock early last year on an assault charge.  At that time, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped that charge.  Grade nine teacher Clarissa Venter was subjected to an internal disciplinary hearing and has since returned to work.  Venter's lawyer William Booth is presently consulting with the NPA to understand why the case has been reopened.  "I find it extremely surprising that a decision has been made to reinstitute the case.  I'm trying to get to the bottom of that and find out on what basis that has happened and then pending on what I find out I will then consult with Venter."  Venter is expected to appear in court again next month.

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