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Teacher played role in suicide of pupil (13) - report

By Sne Masuku | Dec 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE investigation into the death of a 13-year-old Scottsville Primary School pupil has blamed a teacher for putting pressure on the child to commit suicide.

The pupil S'duduzo, Qulo, hanged himself because he did not want to go back to be taught by a "racist teacher".

Yesterday Nolwazi Dlamini wept when she recalled some "of the painful" incidents committed against her son and contained in the report.

Her son was found dead in September after hanging himself at their home in Pietermaritzburg.

This was shortly after begging his mother not to send him back to school "to be taught by a racist teacher".

Provincial MEC for education Senzo Mchunu confirmed that the investigation had been concluded and that the report containing the findings was sent to the mother and the school on Monday. He said it will not be released publicly at this stage.

Sowetan has seen the report, which was handed to Dlamini to "read and return". She said it contained "the most hurtful and disgusting abuse" that her child was exposed to.

Dlamini said the report describes how the teacher had on one occasion refused to let him go to the toilet and he was forced to wet his pants in full view of the pupils in his class.

The teacher called him names and made fun of the fact that he was older than others in his class, she said.

The recommendations of the investigation include that disciplinary action be taken against the teacher.

"This cannot be done by the department of education because the teacher is employed by the school governing body," she said.

Dlamini said she was unhappy about the way the matter was being handled, especially now that the teacher was found to have played a role in her son's death.


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