A wheelchair-bound teacher at a KwaZulu-Natal high school has been pleading for a desk job after suffering great difficulty and abuse while teaching. Themba Dlamini says that the students often laugh at him when he suffers and his pleas for help from the Department of Education have fallen on deaf ears.
Themba Dlamini is a 51-year-old teacher at Zakhekahle High School in KZN who was permanently disabled when he was attacked and shot on his way to school.
Doctors say that there is little chance of the teacher ever regaining use of his lower limbs and he has been declared unfit for work.
According to City Press, Dlamini is determined to stay productive nevertheless and has continued teaching.
But the teacher has now said that he can no longer stomach the abuse from students, who laugh at him when nerve pains leave him in agony:
“Children laugh at me when they hear me crying and see tears rolling down my face. I cannot do this anymore. Even in class, I struggle to write on the board or move between desks to supervise pupils.”
The school in Empangeni is not wheelchair-friendly and Dlamini says he gets wet when it rains as he has to travel long distances from his car to the classrooms.
With children to support and no hope of an administrative post after seven years of pleading, Dlamini has had no option but to suffer on.
Mzu Mahlambi, a spokesperson for the education department, contacted Dlamini and informed him that he would be transferred to a position that could accommodate him but this has yet to happen.
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