Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The Pietermaritzburg "racist" teacher who is accused of driving a 13-year-old pupil to commit suicide could be banned from teaching if found guilty.
This follows an announcement by the South African Council for Educators that it was conducting its own investigation into the matter.
Sace chief executive Rej Brijraj yesterday said they would conduct a hearing to determine if the teacher concerned was fit to teach.
"The teaching profession does not have a place for racist teachers and those who don't care about the well-being of our children."
Sduduzo Qulo was found hanging at his home last week, shortly after he told his mother that he did not want to return to Scottville Primary School where he was doing Grade 5.
The boy reportedly begged his mother, Nolwazi Dlamini, not to send him to the same school next year because of the "racist" teacher who, among other things, allegedly refused to check his work. He was buried on Saturday.
Dlamini is demanding answers about her son's death.
She said she hopes the investigation would shed light on what drove her son to kill himself.
When asked about racism at schools, Brijraj said the council had only a handful of such complaints, but that this did not mean the problem did not exist.
"Some cases may go unreported," he said.
He said when the council investigated cases of racism, it did not only look at verbal abuse, but also at issues of corporal punishment at school.
Sace is also investigating 234 teachers for rape, fraud, as well as sexual and physical assault.