After a thorough investigation, the Siyathuthuka Secondary School, Inanda was named as the venue of the brutal schoolgirl assault video which recently went viral on social media.
The search for the school was made easier with the help of tip offs and community members following a full day’s searching.
Subsequently, the KwaZulu-Natal education department paid a visit to the aforementioned school where an apparent assault was carried out on a pupil. However, the principal of the school, Musa Dindi was not allowed to speak to the media during the visit. Although Dindi was present when department spokesman Muzi Mahlambi addressed media and officials from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)‚ he was not given the opportunity to speak or answer any question.
The officials had their meeting behind closed doors and Mahlambi didn’t relay much details about what they discussed.
Nevertheless, he revealed that Dindi knew about the assault when it happened in November‚ but did not know about the video until Thursday.
“I can confirm that we met the school principal. We had been assigned by the MEC [of education‚ Mthandeni Dlungwane] to do that. For us, it was to ascertain facts. We obviously had many questions … whether the matter was reported by the school to the police‚ whether the alleged perpetrator was arrested and if the victim was assisted in any way.
“We will go back and brief the MEC and he, in turn, intends to come here with the head of department on Monday. I cannot reveal the nature of our discussion with the principal and the HoD at the moment until I brief the MEC. We will however‚ issue a statement this afternoon‚” said Mahlambi.
The Inanda police also tagged along so as to apprehend the suspect only to find out he no longer attends the school. The meeting with the principal was part of a fact-finding mission after the schoolgirl assault video went viral.