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Justice for Lufuno: learner was let down by her school principal, says SAHRC

Apr 15, 2021

The principal of Mbilwa Secondary School in Limpopo, where Lufuno Mavhunga, 15, was bullied which led to her committing suicide, had let the grade 10 learner down, a South African Human Rights Commission prelimary report says.
“On the day of the incident, Lufuno and the school’s security guard had gone to report the case of bullying to the school principal’s office but he failed to attend to it,” said the region’s SAHRC spokesperson Victor Mavhidula.

“Instead, he told the security guard to return to his post and for Lufuno to return to class, even after she had told him about the threats made by the perpetrator.

“The child was crying, telling him she cannot return to class and that the bully would hit her, but he ignored her,” said the region’s SAHRC spokesperson Victor Mavhidula.

On Wednesday, the commission visited the school and spoke to the principal about the incident.

Mavhidula said the commission was disappointed by the principal’s response.

“Even after the incident, which was captured on video and went viral, he did not act. Lufuno went home with an injured eye. He did not attend to it. When she got home, she informed her brother who sent the principal a text message and he acted as if he did not know about the incident,” said Mavhidula.

On Monday, a video of the 15-year-old learner being attacked by a fellow learner while others watched and took videos, went viral and sparked fury among many.

Mavhidula said the commission was disappointed by the principal’s response.

“Even after the incident, which was captured on video and went viral, he did not act. Lufuno went home with an injured eye. He did not attend to it. When she got home, she informed her brother who sent the principal a text message and he acted as if he did not know about the incident,” said Mavhidula.

On Monday, a video of the 15-year-old learner being attacked by a fellow learner while others watched and took videos, went viral and sparked fury among many.

Source: IOL

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