- The teen accused of allegedly assaulting Lufuno Mavhunga has been granted bail
- The Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court granted her R1 500 bail
- There were a number of people concerned for the teen's safety now that she has been released
The 14-year-old girl who allegedly assaulted Lufuno Mavhunga has been granted bail at the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court.
The teen was arrested after footage surfaced of her allegedly assaulting Lufuno. The victim then is believed to have committed suicide as a result.
The teen was granted R1 500 bail according to eNCA. The investigating officer in the case told the state that the child is not safe outside and it would be better if she is held at a youth centre instead. Ever since the incident, tributes have been pouring in for Mavhunga online and this has put the spotlight on bullying at schools according to News24.
It was earlier reported that the teen would apply for bail in her case. 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.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the family of 15-year-old Lufuno Mavhunga laid her to rest over the past weekend. Her heartbreaking story moved a lot of people in Mzansi, including Limpopo-born musician Makhadzi, who dedicated a song about her own experience with bullying.
Makhadzi released the song called Muvhiki Wanga and its emotional message left many in tears. As a victim of bullying herself, Makhadzi had firsthand experience of how Lufuno must have felt.
While performing the song, Makhadzi took a minute to explain what inspired her to write it. She shared that her experience with being bullied throughout her entire life motivated her to pen the sad song.
In similar news, bullying is a topic that has been making headlines in recent weeks due to the untimely passing of a teenager who was a victim of such. Lufuno Mavhunga's death opened various discussions online about bullying.
Most recently, another teenager was given 12 months of community-based service for assaulting a fellow classmate in September last year. To gain more insight into the legal ramifications of bullying and assault, Briefly News spoke to an expert.
Mthokozisi Maphumulo, Senior Associate & Litigation Attorney at Adams & Adams, spoke about the possible be repercussions that could be faced.
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