A bullying incident has resulted in the suspension of two learners at Alfred Matshine Secondary School in Mpumalanga. A cellphone recorded video that circulated shows the accused group of learners pouring custard on their fellow schoolmate at the school.
The school's preliminary report revealed that the pupil was being attacked for refusing to join a group that is popularly known as 'izikhothane' who is also known to be bullies.
One of the teachers at the school expressed his concern about the incident, adding that it is something that frequently happens in surrounding schools as well.
A member of the school's governing body has also expressed her displeasure with what has happened and has urged parents to be mindful of their spending when giving money to their children.
We don't like what happened, our children are misbehaving. I want to make an appeal to parents to be cautious when giving money to learners. Let's not give them too much money because they end up buying things like Ultramel.
"Can you imagine some people go to bed hungry but there are school kids buying Ultramel to pour it onto another child," she adds.
Alfred Matshine Secondary is the third school to report a bullying incident within a period of two months. Education authorities have urged parents and community members to play their role in ensuring schools are safe and peaceful.
The provincial department official also states that they have designated more problematic schools as hotspots and intend to address the issue until they revert back to normal behaviour.
He also says that the other part of the problem is that some of these schools are located in areas where there is a prevalence of gangsterism and alcoholism.
The department has also committed to providing psychological support to learners who have been affected by similar incidents.