A Cape Town teacher finds herself facing disciplinary action after a video of her slapping a pupil in the face made its way onto social media earlier this week.
The video shows the teacher reprimanding the pupil for not having a proper workbook and for using her phone in class before the pupil rudely responds to the teacher and insults her.
It’s not a teachers job to teach your child manners, you teach them manners and teachers educate them. When will they grow their minds when they are too busy trying to get them to stay off their phones ? Yhu teachers are going through the most.
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) February 6, 2019
The teacher then tries to confiscate the pupil’s phone as it is against the school’s code of conduct to use a cellphone during class but can’t manage to do so. She then tries to kick the pupil out of her class before a physical altercation ensues.
The pupil tries to reach for her phone on the teacher’s desk before the teacher slaps her across the face.
A Twitter user by the name of Teddy Njoli uploaded the video and tagged Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi, begging for his intervention.
— Kay Selisho (@kayselisho) February 6, 2019
Speaking to The South African, Jess Shelver, the spokesperson to MEC Debbie Schafer, said their office has condemned the actions of the teacher and that corporal punishment “should not be tolerated”.
“The WCED is aware of the incident. Our officials will be there on Wednesday morning. This kind of behaviour isn’t acceptable and the teacher will be facing disciplinary proceedings. We are aware of behavioural issues in our schools, but we do not tolerate corporal punishment to deal with learners,” stated Shelver.
The Citizen reached out to San Souci for a statement and are currently awaiting an official response once the governing body’s meeting regarding the matter adjourns.
…This Happened at San Souci Girls school, theres no excuse 4 hrr to smack her, if she was a prblm why didn't she put her through school disciplinary system? @Lesufi . @AdvBarryRoux. @Julius_S_Malema. @MbuyiseniNdlozi .@FloydShivambu . We need answers
— From Ground up (@LMpese) February 6, 2019
This San Souci smacking incident is tricky. Kids press teachers on purpose, but then again the teacher should know way better than that.
— Lyle (@TheLinderman_) February 6, 2019
I see my own mom in that San souci klap.
— frodo (@kiran_james66) February 6, 2019
Regarding the San Souci girl's video, we really cannot ignore that both the educator and the learner are in the wrong. It has nothing to do with racism unless this is something that is consecutively done on BLACK GIRLS ONLY at this school.
— Sweetati. (@bucie_ntshiqa) February 5, 2019
And we know San Souci has the rule that doesn't allow learners to speak any other language besides English/Afrikaans. Andithi they get that detention card? Kudala babola
— Faku (@__Zanele) February 5, 2019
Since the video became viral, the EFF has since come to the defence of the student in question and her mother.
The @EFFSouthAfrica in the western cape is working closely with parents of the young girl who was smacked by her teacher for speaking and expressing herself in her home language, #Xhosa. San Souci girl’s high school has history of rampant racism that must be dealt with decisively pic.twitter.com/fc6W4gj1Oy
— #RegisterToVoteEFF (@FaneMafia) February 6, 2019