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Female learner accused of stealing a cellphone brutally assaulted by a mob

A Grade 12 female learner has been hospitalised after she was brutally assaulted by a mob of boys from her school for allegedly stealing a phone. 

The learner was allegedly assaulted after writing her IsiZulu matric paper. 

FEMALE LEARNER FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE IN HOSPITAL 

According to police reports the learner was approached by the suspects who accused her of stealing a cellphone. The female learner was taken to J-Section in Umlazi where she was threatened with a firearm and assaulted.

Bhekithemba police have since arrested four suspects aged between 17 and 24 for pointing of a firearm and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They appeared in the Umlazi Magistrates Court on 21 November 2022.

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube visited the learner at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, 23 November and was joined by MEC of Health Nomagugu Simelane, MEC Social Development Nonhlanhla Khoza, MEC of Education Mbali Frazer, the Director-General Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize and HOD for Health Dr Sandile Tshabalala.

Dube-Ncube said they are very disturbed about the assault of the 19-year-old learner and that the suffering she had to endure at the hands of her fellow schoolmates is deplorable.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is reportedly providing all the necessary assistance including psychosocial support for both the girl and her family. 

Dube-Ncube said it is unfortunate that the learner will not be able to finish writing her matric examinations, however the Department of Education will make arrangements for her to write her matric exams next year. 

“Sadly, this incident is happening at a time when we are heightening our campaign of no violence against women and children. We are appealing to our communities to have a zero tolerance stance against people who abuse women, children, learners, people with disabilities and the elderly. We will spare no effort to eradicate the scourge of violence against women and children wherever it raises its ugly head. 

 “As government we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all the perpetrators are brought to book. We are aware that police have made arrests in connection to the case, but we also know that there is a suspect who is still at large.”

Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Dube-Ncube further thanked police for the speedy arrests of the suspects and also appealed to them to look for those that are not yet behind bars so that they send a strong message that  law enforcement agencies will go out in full force to apprehend perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence.

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