Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: CEN
Video Credit: CEN/@Pertunia92
This is the shocking moment a stocky high school prefect and others repeatedly hit a smaller kid.
The incident, which took place at the Duvha High School in Witbank, renamed eMalahleni in 2006, in the north-eastern South African province of Mpumalanga, “traumatised” the victim and has led to the bullies’ suspension.
The victim’s mother told local media: “The big boy seen in the video is a grade 9 learner and he is a prefect at the school. According to my son, some pupils had been stoning the security guard’s houses near the school and [the prefect] reprimanded them.
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“My son joined in and told those throwing stones to stop and apparently this boy was angered, feeling my son is taking his job.”
According to the unnamed mother, she was not at first aware of the video but said she had noticed that her son began acting strangely after the incident, and did not want to attend school.
One week later, she learned of the video following a phone call from the school head.
She said: “The principal called me to say that he had been to the police station to write a report on the incident. He explained to me that there was a video of bullies at the school and my son had been part of the incident.”
Taking to her Facebook page, the student’s aunt claimed that her nephew has been left “traumatised” and no longer wanted to return to school following alleged death threats.
The footage shows a stocky teen in a white shirt, reportedly the prefect, repeatedly slapping the cowering boy’s head before two other students follow suit.
As he hits the victim, the prefect reportedly says in Zulu: “What were you saying?”
Meanwhile, the education board has confirmed that it is aware of the incident while the victim’s mum confirmed that the bullies in the video have been suspended.
She also said that she has opened a case of assault with the local police.