DA urges investigation into alleged bullying linked to learner’s death in Limpopo

Issued by Lindy Wilson MPL – DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
06 May 2024 in Press Statements

The DA in Limpopo has written to MEC Mavhungu Lerule- Ramakhanya to urgently address and investigate the most recent allegation of bullying that allegedly led to a learner’s death.

This follows recent reports of the shocking death of a grade 10 learner, Mamaila Makhubela, from Mashao High School in Ga-Ntata village. The learner committed suicide last week because a teacher had allegedly bullied her.

Over the years there has been numerous unfortunate events of bullying and some that have led to learners committing suicide. These incidents in our schools led to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) having a public hearing on bullying, corporal punishment and sexual relationships between teachers and learners. The SAHRC went on to state that the Limpopo Department of Education is seemingly failing to implement policies to address bullying.

Schools must maintain a conducive learning environment for all learners and provide a comprehensive approach to teaching that ensures learner safety and dignity is protected.

The DA sends our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and school of Mamaila Makhubela.

We will monitor the progress of the investigation into this matter and if the educator is guilty, they must face the full might of the law. Lerule-Remakhanya and her department cannot continue to allow such incidents to occur.