Thursday 15 April 2021

South African Police arrest 15-year-old school girl for assaulting pupil who later committed suicide

South African Police have arrested a15-year-old school girl for allegedly assaulting a learner who later died in apparent suicide. 

LIB reported that 15-year-old Lufuno Mavhunga committed suicide after she was bullied and assaulted outside her school premises on Monday. 

A video showing the pupil being repeatedly slapped in the face has caused outrage, with social media users calling for action, using the hashtag #JusticeForLufuno. 

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, who confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday, April 14, said the arrested child will be dealt with in accordance with the Child Justice Act.

According to the spokesman, Lufuno Mavhunga reportedly went home in the afternoon following the incident, locked herself in her room and consumed an overdose of tablets

"The Police in Thohoyandou have arrested a 15-year-old School girl for allegedly assaulting another learner who later died in an apparent suicide. 

The suspect is a learner at Mbilwi Secondary School in Thohoyandou. The incident, which was captured on video and went viral on social media, allegedly took place at Sibasa Block A on Monday 12 April 2021 at about 11h30 and was reported to the police on Wednesday morning," the statement reads. 

"The victim reportedly went home in the afternoon and on arrival, she allegedly locked herself in the room and consumed an overdose of tablets. She was apparently found by her mother lying unconscious and was taken to Siloam hospital where she was certified dead on arrival. The deceased was also a learner at the same school.

An inquest docket has been opened and police investigations are continuing. The arrested child will be dealt with in accordance with the Child Justice Act."

Meanwhile, the SA Human Rights Commission in the province said it would conduct a fact finding visit to the school.

Source: LIB

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