A Bloemfontein teacher at the Academy of Excellence, an independent school in Heidedal, has been suspended after an altercation with a grade 7 learner.
A cellphone video of the incident, obtained by Bloemfontein News, shows how the teacher rough handled the boy.
Hansie Engelbrecht, chairperson of the School Governing Board, confirmed that the teacher – whose name is known to OFM News – has been placed on suspension.
He says the video clip however does not entail all evidence needed for proper judgement.
Engelbrecht says all necessary steps for the resumption of normal education in this specific classroom has been taken and that the incident does not define the character of the school.
He says he is not able to comment any further because of legal and procedural diligence.
Free State Education Department spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, commended the school for taking action.
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