Government Concerned About Bullying In Schools

Cabinet has now expressed concern as bullying incidents have become more commonplace. This comes after a 15 year old took her own life following a video of her being assaulted at school went viral.

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Cabinet is now showing concern about how common bullying in schools has become.

Recent bullying incidents at Mbilwi Secondary School in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, Dinwiddie High School in Germiston, Gauteng and Mathole High School in KwaZulu-Natal have been thrown into the spotlight and has put more attention on the problem of bullying in schools.

Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said:

Cabinet urged education stakeholders, including parents and guardians, to unite against bullying to create an environment that is conducive to learning. It is the responsibility of each one of us to speak up and report incidents of bullying to the relevant authorities, particularly where the victims are unable or afraid to do so.

Following the death of 15 year old, Lufuno Mavhunga, from Limpopo, more action is now being taken to eradicate bullying and violence within schools. Mavhunga took her own life after a video of her being bullied went viral across the country.

This is now being investigated and the suspect responsible for bullying Mavhunga is now in custody. 

Meanwhile, Cabinet has approved the submission of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill to Parliament.

The Bill amends Section 154(3) of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act 51 of 1977), which a Constitutional Court judgement found to be failing to protect the identity of child victims of crime in criminal proceedings.

The current clause protects the identity of child offenders, victims and witnesses against the harmful effect of the publication of their involvement in criminal proceedings up to the age of 18 years.

The changes being made to the Bill prohibits information being published that could reveal the identity of the accused or witness if they are under the age of 18.

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