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Pupil's death is still being probed

By Sne Masuku | Nov 19, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE mother of the late Scottsville Primary School pupil Sduduzo Qunu is frustrated.

The teenager, who was 13 years old, is alleged to have taken his own life because he did not want to return to school next year to be taught by a "racist" teacher.

His mother says the investigations by the department are a "slow and dragged-out process".

She has so far received no information from the department.

Nolwazi Dlamini says she has been "doing her own investigation" into her son's death and has discovered that other children at the school have also been victims of racism .

She also alleges that the teacher who taught Sduduzo was not qualified.

"I have discovered that the teacher actually studied administration and was employed at the school by the school governing body."

She says she wants answers from the department on how a person trained as an administrator can be allowed to teach.

"I am waiting for them to inform me about their findings, because it has been too long now.

"If I can be able to discover these things on my own, why is the department's investigation taking so long?" she asked.

The KwaZulu-Natal education department has launched an investigation into allegations that Qunu, who was in Grade 5, allegedly hanged himself to avoid going back to the school next year to be taught by a "racist" teacher.

He had allegedly complained about the teacher for some time.

"The only information I have received from the department is when I spoke to the department headCassius Lubisi" Dlamini says.

"He informed me that the investigation had been concluded but could not say what had been found."

She says her son's death could be a wake-up call to other parents who take racism at school for granted.

"I believe that I acted too late on my son's plight.

"Then he chose to take his life rather than going back to that school."

Department of education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa yesterday dismissed the allegations that the teacher is not qualified to teach.

"The teacher is a qualified educator who was employed by the school governing body.

"The report on the case is going through due processes and will be made known to the media and the public once the department hassatisfied itself with its content," Mlotshwa said.


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