Thethe Secondary bullying learners face expulsion and more criminal charges

Outraged Luka residents descended to Thethe secondary School this morning in support of a bullied teenager. Residents met with the school principal, representatives from Human Rights Commission, SGB, Ward Councillor, Reaction Force and Dikgosana. Residents demanded to see the alleged perpetrators but Thabang Mabule from the Human Rights Commission was quick to indicate that it was not possible. “Let us not create a situation on top of another situation. These girls are minors and they must be protected,” said Mabule before he was harshly interrupted. School Social Worker did not even finish her speech when she was also rudely interrupted by angry residents who started singing liberation songs while she was still trying to address them. School Principal, M.A Nkotsoe told parents that the alleged perpetrators and the victim used to be friends. He said the two learners were arrested and they are out on bail. Nkotsoe said they were suspended but their suspension lasted for seven days as it is required by the law and now they are back at school. “I saw the video for the first on 12 October and I immediately informed the SGB. The Student Governing Body took a decision to suspend the two learners and recommended expulsion. This matter is out of my hands now and the Department of Education is handling it,” Nkotsoe told Luka residents. Police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgoabona confirmed that the learners were arrested and appeared in court. He said they are out on R500 bail each and they are facing charges of sexual assault and common assault. “We urge community members to stop circulating the video on social media. We are busy investigating the matter and we might add more charges,” said Brigadier Mokgoabona.

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