AN EASTERN Cape teacher has been caught on video beating a Grade 10 pupil.
The video was captured by a fellow pupil using his cellphone.
The pupil, Zenande Mekeleni from Ndabankulu Senior Secondary School in Butterworth, said the incident occurred on May 8 when she and her classmates failed to produce maths homework.
The teacher beat her with a stick. In the video, which the Dispatch has seen, the teacher can be heard swearing at the pupil.
According to Mekeleni, the entire class was punished the same way. She said her parents reported the incident to the school.
Principal Vuyani Thongo refused to comment on what he called a “sensitive matter”.
In a separate incident, a parent of a Grade 2 pupil from Child’s World Primary School in Berlin said his son was beaten by the principal for failing to wear long grey pants.
Parent Dumile Qamarwana said his nine-year-old son Lufefe Ndika did not want to to go to school.
“He said the principal went into the classroom, dragged him by the collar and beat him with a wooden spoon on his behind,” the furious parent said.
Qamarwana went to the school but a meeting with the principal, Melany Booysen, proved fruitless.
He said she was “rude” and asked about school fees owed.
Booysen would not comment on the matter, and directed the Dispatch to her lawyer, who also did not comment other than to say that Booysen reserved her rights.
Education spokesman Loyiso Pulumani said corporal punishment was a crime and advised parents to report it to the police.