EDITORIAL | There goes yet another pupil’s dignity down the ...


EDITORIAL | There goes yet another pupil’s dignity down the toilet

A government that allows schools to have pit latrines is as much to blame as the principal


The cost of losing your dignity comes cheap at the Luthuthu Junior Secondary School in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. In fact, it could have been a real steal at R200. But turns out, it was a round zero.

The R200 is what an orphaned, 11-year-old pupil was allegedly promised for being suspended by a rope and dropped into a pit latrine to delve though human faeces to retrieve the principal’s smartphone.

By all accounts, other pupils were also asked to assist in the search, but the lot fell on the 11-year-old to be dropped down the toilet. This alone screams of abuse of power, in this instance only outweighed by the stripping of a young boy’s dignity...

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