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School did not look after my son - father

By unknown | Mar 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

A Mafikeng, North West, man is distraught because his son was assaulted after a rugby match at his school and nothing has been done about it.

Jan Mathibela's son, Thato, was allegedly assaulted on Saturday after a rugby match between his school, Potchefstroom Hoër Tegniese Skool, and Hoër Tegniese Skool Elspark of Germiston, Ekurhuleni.

Mathibela said: "My son was walking to the hostel after the game when a vehicle transporting pupils from the other school stopped. They climbed out and, unprovoked, assaulted him."

Thato's arm was dislocated in the incident and he is recovering at home.

Mathibela said he was unhappy with the way the school handled the matter.

"They never called me to say my son was hurt. How come no one saw the assault? Where was the hostel master?" he asked.

Mathibela had to drive from Mafikeng to Potchefstroom to make sure that his son received medical attention. He alleges that the hostel master only joined him at the hospital after 30 minutes.

"Since then the school has not given me any explanation about the incident," Mathibela said.

Thato was taken to a school psychologist on Monday to help him cope with the trauma.

"This is what the school should be doing, but I am doing it myself because they do not care," he said.

Principal Chris de Villiers said that he had heard about the attack and was investigating.

He said that Hoër Tegniese Skool Elspark was also investigating the incident.


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