ANCYL calls on govt to conclude investigation in Middelburg pupil’s death

The regional league structure says they stand by a statement they made on 24 January 2017 in which they condemned such a “barbaric act of corporal punishment”.

The ANCYL in the Nkangala region has called on the department of education to speed up and conclude investigations in the matter of 14-year-old Siphamandla Choma.

Choma was a learner at the Manyano primary school in Middelburg.

He died on Sunday night (19 Mar) following an alleged assault by his principal which left the child paralysed and in and out of hospitals before his death.

The police in Mpumalanga have opened an inquest docket – in order to determine whether Choma’s death was as a result of the beating.

The department of education is also conducting investigation to determine the same.

SEE ALSO: EFF Mpumalanga calls for murder charge against Middelburg principal

League regional spokesman Tsekiso Machike in a statement this week said the ANCYL in the region was shocked at the latest developments in the issue of the child and was calling on both the department and cops to speed up and conclude investigations.

“It is shocking to learn that in South Africa today, according to the annual report of South African Council of Educators (SACE), there are 1078 cases of corporal punishment against teachers which were lodged since 2011 and this is appalling to say the least,” Machike said.

“We stand by our earlier expressed views around this unfortunate incident.

“We send our sincere and deepest condolences to the family of Siphamandla Choma, his friends and fellow pupils at Manyano primary school.

“As the ANC youth league in the region, we call upon different political parties not to grandstand around this unfortunate development and mortgage political interests, but to give an auxiliary support to the family to mourn the death of their beloved departed son and ultimately find closure and justice on the matter,” said Machike.

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EFF MP calls for murder charge against Middelburg principal

The Economic Freedom Fighters first condemned the government suspending the principal instead of dismissing him.

The EFF in the Mpumalanga province has called for a murder charge to be laid against the principal who allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old pupil, causing him to be paralysed and subsequently died.

Siphamandla Choma died on Sunday night (19 Mar) – having been in and out of hospital since the alleged incident in January this year.

Three weeks ago, education MEC Reginah Mhaule said the principal broke section 10 of the South African Schools Act and section 17 of the Employment of Educators Act and would therefore be charged with ‘misconduct’.

SEE HERE: Middelburg principal to be charged with ‘misconduct

SEE ALSO: Middelburg pupil Siphamandla Choma (14) dies

Reacting to the death of the child, EFF’s Collen Sedibe said they were deeply saddened and “disgusted by the gruesome killing”.

“The EFF will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the principal faces the might of the law and gets a heavy punishment for his evil deeds,” Sedibe said.

“The EFF also condemns the department of education for suspending the principal instead of dismissing him from the onset and laying assault and attempted murder charges against him.

“We condemn in all strongest possible terms the prolonging by principals and teachers to abuse and torture learners who parents leave in their hands to educate and build them to be future doctors,lawyers, nurses, engineers,accountants etc and invest in their communities and contribute in the country’s economic mainstream.

“We also call upon all parents and communities to report such brutality where ever it raises its ugly head and ensure that all the perpetrators are brought to book.,” he said.

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Middelburg pupil Siphamandla Choma (14) dies

A 14 year-old learner who was allegedly assaulted by his school principal last year has died at the Middelburg hospital.

The department of education confirmed that Siphomandla Choma succumbed to his death last night at the hospital.

Siphamandla was allegedly assaulted by his school principal after he accused him and his friend of stealing R150.

In a statement on Monday, the Mpumalanga health department said they were in the process of conducting a postmortem to determine the cause of death.

“The department of health can confirm that our patient who was admitted in Middelburg hospital following an alleged beating by a school principal has died,” they said.

“The department of education receives the sad news with shock as Siphamandla Choma was one of our learners from Manyano Primary school,” says departmental spokesman Jasper Zwane.

The MEC for education, Reginah Mhaule and MEC for health Gillion Mashego extended their heartfelt condolences to the family, the school and everyone who is affected by the latest development.

The principal has been suspended and charged with misconduct in the first session of the disciplinary hearing that took place last week Friday.

SEE ALSO: Middelburg principal to be charged with misconduct

Earlier this Month MEC Mhaule revealed to the media during a press briefing that Choma’s health was deteriorating.

Choma was moved from Emalahleni hospital to Middelburg for better treatment.

The department received a lawsuit of R25 million from Choma’s family lawyer.

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