- The principal at the Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo reportedly failed to take action with regards to Lufuno Mavhunga's bullying, which had been reported
- The SAHRC confirmed the news from its preliminary findings, which show that the principal did not take any action at all when Lufuno's parents notified him that she had been targeted
- The SAHRC shared its disappointment and anger towards the school's principal following the news of Lufuno's death
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed that its preliminary findings showed that the principal of a Limpopo school where Lufuno Mavhunga was assaulted failed to take necessary action when her family notified him of the situation.
The commission visited the Mbilwi Secondary School on Wednesday prior to a video of Lufuno being assaulted by a fellow pupil went viral. Lufuno allegedly committed suicide and the culprits were taken into custody shortly after.
The SAHRC's Victor Mavhidula shared feelings of anger and disappointment towards the principal's failure to step in and resolve the incident.
The Ipeleng Cares Foundation addressed the incident, stating that the issue of bullying was largely overlooked in South Africa and often seen as a conflict rather than peer abuse.
According to EWN, Limpopo education authorities are scheduled to appear at the institution on Thursday. TimesLIVE reported that the three learners complicit in the assault of 15-year-old Lufuno are facing a seven-day suspension from school.
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) – 0800 567 567
Assault – 0861 322 322
Depression – 0800 121 314
Trauma Line – 0800 205 026
Mental Health Line – 011 234 4837
Childline - 0800 055 555
Earlier, Briefly News reported on Lufuno's tragic incident. The video that went viral shows two female students at a secondary school in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, arguing over what seems to be a R5 coin before one is assaulted.
Parents and classmates have proceeded to march to the institution to demand justice for Lufuno Mavhunga.
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.
Following the news, a 15-year-old Limpopo Mbilwi Secondary School learner was arrested for the assault of Lufuno.
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