A Tlhatlhaganyane parent who went to a primary school and assaulted her child’s teacher has been sentenced to a three year jail term. Itumeleng Lizbeth Letsepe (40) was sentenced for assaulting Grade 3 teacher Mpuseng Sepotokele (52) at Leema Primary School in Tlhatlhaganyane on 22 February 2019. Letsepe’s legal team was granted a leave to appeal the sentence.

The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela hailed the three year sentence passed by the Mogwase Magistrate court.

“On behalf of the department I take this opportunity to applaud the Mogwase Court for passing the 3 year sentence to the parent who assaulted a teacher. This will pass a strong message to all those who wanted to assault both our teachers and learners in our schools. This sentence will remind them that schools should be treated as centres of acquiring knowledge not as war zones. Our communities should always know that, teachers are parents to the learners at school”, said MEC Matsemela.

MEC Matsemela further highlighted that the teaching profession is the mother of all professions and it should be treated with care. She said, every nation depends on its teachers, since they are responsible to provide the country with the skilled workforce.

The injured teacher sustained injuries to the back of her head, right hand elbow, fractured middle finger on the right – hand and the two small fingers no longer working properly. The teacher is currently experiencing severe headaches and still attending physiotherapy sessions.