- A Grade 10 pupil has unfortunately taken her own life after being attacked in a video going viral online
- Lufuno Mavhungu was 15 years old when the video of two female students at a high school in Limpopo beating her went viral
- South Africans are now calling for #JusticeForLufuno through hashtags on social media and protests
A video showing a Grade 10 Limpopo schoolgirl being bullied resulted in the student taking her own life at the beginning of the week.
The video shows two female students at a secondary school in Thohoyandou, Limpopo arguing over what seems to be a R5 coin before she is assaulted.
Parents and classmates have proceeded to march to the institution to demand justice for Lufuno Mavhunga.
The South African reported that highly influencial political members, such as OneSA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane, have expressed their opinions regarding the incident. Maimane described the incident as ‘a parent’s worst nightmare’ - and requested Minister Angie Motshekga to make an emergency visit to the school within the next few days
According to reports made by IOL, Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo shared her concern regarding the ordeal and was waiting for a formal statement from the school principal regarding the incident. Boshielo went further by stating that those complicit in the bullying incident would face the music.
Take a look at some of the tweets under #JusticeForLufuno:
"#JusticeForLufuno People who cheer and clap hands when someone is being assaulted are as guilty as the perpetrator."
"Apparently, her dad said the abuse has been going on for a while and the school never did anything about the matter even after being reported."
"#JusticeForLufuno Bra I promise you if you have ever been bullied in your life that thing follows you everywhere you go. It haunts you and you're always angry and disappointed at yourself that you were unable to defend yourself. I know this feeling very well even today."
Bullying can be prevented if the right methods are taken. Students and others are advised to talk to someone they trust about the issues they are facing. If you or anyone you know may be a victim of bullying or is facing any sort of mental trauma, contact one of the South African hotline numbers below:
Suicide (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) – 0800567567
Assault – 0861322322
Depression – 0800121314
Trauma Line – 0800205026
Mental Health Line – 0112344837
Childline - 08000 55 555
In other news making headlines, Briefly News reported that three doctors and one nurse have been suspended in connection with the amputation of the hand of an infant.
Mbali Sweleni, the mother of the infant, said she questioned nursing staff and was repeatedly assured that her daughter's hand would be fine after seeing it had turned purple from the drip.
The hospital staff are reportedly from the Bernice Samuel Hospital. Reports state that the four were suspended on Tuesday, 13 April, after there was an uproar online when the baby's hand had to be amputated.
Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane said that the people responsible for the baby's hand amputation had to be found and brought to book for their negligence.
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