On Monday, Many south Africans took to social media to share their outrage when the video of a female pupil being assaulted by another female pupil surfaced.
In the video, one girl is seen repeatedly kicking and punching the other, forcing her to the ground, exposing her backside and ripping off her und£rwear while other pupils watch.
“The [department] has summarily suspended two pupils, pending the disciplinary hearing, who attacked a pupil shown in the gruesome video clip that is being circulated on social media,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.
The department said the school was directed to finalise the disciplinary processes within seven days.
“Professional therapy is currently being offered to the victim and other affected learners by competent psychologists from the department of social development.”
The department’s legal services officials have also been directed to assist the victim to open a police case and to contact the social media platforms’ administrators with the aim of removing the video and blocking its circulation.
“The Department of Education wishes to appeal to members [of] the public to refrain from circulating [the] humiliating video clip as further circulation will only serve to inflict more harm to the dignity of the victim for the rest of her life.”
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