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A Limpopo teacher is in trouble for allegedly handing out corporal punishment to his pupils.
Pupils at Mamasola Primary School at Metz village, outside Tzaneen, are living in fear after their teacher allegedly assaulted them.
This is despite the fact that corporal punishment has been outlawed.
The teacher allegedly accused the pupils of making noise.
According to one of the pupils, the teacher, whose name is known to Sowetan, allegedly charged at them in a rage and assaulted them with a stick and open hand.
One of the pupils was treated at a local clinic after sustaining injuries to his body.
The spokesman for the provincial department of education, Ndo Mangala, yesterday confirmed the incident.
He said a team of officials from the department had been sent to the school and would report back to the head office after compiling a report.
"We have received information about the incident where a teacher allegedly assaulted his pupils.
"And, based on the report from the officials, we will take the necessary action against whoever is at fault," said Mangala.
"We do not condone the assault of schoolchildren as corporal punishment has been outlawed.
"We urge teachers to abide by the law and avoid applying any form of punishment by assaulting pupils," he added.