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GEGE – A Grade II pupil was beaten up by his teacher until he started to vomit, after he was found playing with condoms in class.

The shocking incident happened at Siyendle Primary School, outside Gege, where a group of schoolboys had been inflating the rubber sheaths in the absence of their teacher. The boys are said to have carried on with their unusual game until a male teacher entered the classroom.

When the teacher saw what the boys were doing, he is said to have reacted by telling other pupils to hold the one who had the condom in his hands so that he could deal with him. Apparently, he thrashed the eight-year-old so badly that the pupil began to throw up in the presence of his classmates.

The boy’s parents suspect that the child suffered internal injuries, which might have caused his reaction. “He took a stick and started hitting me severely until I started to vomit. He beat me about 10 times all over the body,” the boy said, as he related the story to his grandmother back home.
When the elderly woman visited the school yesterday morning, she was turned away by the head teacher, who told her that the responsible teacher was not around.

She said she left the school disappointed because she was hoping to get an explanation, as well as find closure. Speaking during an interview yesterday, she said: “It is not an every day thing for one to be confronted by a child crying, telling you that he has was beaten up by his teacher. I hadn’t gone there to fight, but I just wanted to find out what really happened.” The elderly woman isn’t sure if she should go back to the school to get an explanation because she felt she was deliberately shunned by the head teacher.

The woman said a relative had advised her to take the young boy to a local clinic for treatment. “I am not certain about what caused him to vomit. I only noticed that he had bruises on his head and back.” The school’s Head teacher, who was only identified by his last name Motsa, was evasive when contacted for comment yesterday. He said he was not at the school when the incident happened.


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