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Suicide boy's mom wants answers

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

THE mother of a Scottsville Primary School boy who took his own life because he did not want to be taught by a "racist" teacher is frustrated.

Sduduzo Qunu, who was 13 years old and in Grade 5, 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.

He had reportedly complained about the teacher for sometime.

His mother, Nolwazi Dlamini, said the investigations by the department were a "slow and dragged-out process".

She said to date she had not heard from the department.

Dlamini said she had been doing her own investigations into her son's death and "discovered that other children at the school have also been victims of racism ".

She also claimed that the teacher who used to teach Sduduzo was not qualified.

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

She demanded answers from the department on why a person trained as an administrator could be allowed to teach.

"I'm 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's the department's investigation taking so long?" she asked.

Department of education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa yesterday dismissed claims that the teacher was not qualified

"The teacher is qualified and was employed by the school governing body."


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