Department Launches Anti-Bullying Drive
The passing of 15 year old Lufuno Mavhunga has given government a wake up call about bullying at schools.
The Department of Basic Education has launched a new nationwide anti-bullying drive to raise awareness about bullying and its effects on learners.
The late Lufuno took her life after footage of her bullying attack went viral on social media. The video and Lufuno's passing caused public outcry, as the public took to social media to call on the Department of Basic Education to step in and address bullying.
A 14 year old learner, accused of bullying Lufuno, was then arrested and appeared in court on charges of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Regional Communication Manager at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Mashudu Malabi-Dzangi confirmed that the 14 year old learner will appear in court in June,
“The child in conflict with the law has appeared at the Thohoyandou Magistrates Court on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The bail was extended and the case was postponed to June 29 for further investigations,”
Members of Parliament have come forward with comments calling for more action to be taken to put an end to bullying at schools.
DA Shadow Minister for Social Development said bullying affects 3.2 million young South Africans every year.
Dr Suzan Thembekwayo of the EFF and Mthokozisi Nxumalo of the IFP shared their thoughts about bullying at schools.
"There must be a dedicated social programme to remove drugs and alcohol in schools and discourage them as a youth culture."
"The threat of criminal sanction and a permanent criminal record must serve as a wakeup call to the other pupils. One incident can change their entire lives"
The Department of Basic Education said it is working with its social partners to collaborate and have an effective anti-bullying strategy going forward.
"We are rolling out a programme geared towards school safety, violence and bullying prevention initiatives. This programme is envisaged to be rolled out annually to raise awareness." said Basic Education Deputy Minister, Reginah Mhaule.
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