Steven Makhanya
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26 Oct 2015
11:24 am

KZN teacher loses teeth after beaten by principal

Steven Makhanya

Classes have been dismissed this morning at Somopho Primary School, Macekane, outside Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal after teachers staged a protest following a fight involving the school's principal and a teacher.

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It is alleged the principal beat the teacher with his fists after an argument stemming from the principal taking pictures of the learners he found standing outside a classroom on Friday morning, Zululand Observer reported.

Teachers who heard of the photo-taking went to the principal’s office to query the matter. A confrontation between one teacher and the principal resulted in the teacher losing two of his lower frontal teeth.

He was then taken to a doctor and later saw a dentist. He is currently seeing a psychologist for counselling.

UThungulu District Education Director, David Chonco confirmed the incident.

“I’m not sure what caused the two teachers to disagree, but the circuit office is investigating.

“We have requested them to exercise restraint, while the matter is being handled by our labour relations experts,” added Chonco.

In a separate incident, a teacher was allegedly assaulted by a grade 7 pupil at Rosslyn Primary School in Pretoria, early this year.

Gauteng education spokesperson Phumla said the pupil had been accused of assaulting his teacher with his fists. It is believed the incident occurred after the teacher had confiscated the pupil’s raincoat because it was not prescribed school attire.

The pupil allegedly returned with friends and assaulted the teacher. He was also accused of racist remarks made as he allegedly told the vice-principal he “does not like white people”.

Following the alleged attack, the pupil was suspended while counselling was provided for the teacher.

Sekhonyane reiterated the department’s condemnation of the attack, but said its findings would not be discussed with the media.


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– Caxton News Service