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Cape Town pupil suspended after fight over chips

News24
04 Aug 2021, 04:11 GMT+10

  • A fight over a packet of chips turned into a street fight in Cape Town.
  • Three Table View High School pupils face a disciplinary hearing, while the alleged aggressor was suspended.
  • The police are also investigating a complaint of common assault.

A Table View High School pupil was suspended and three others face a disciplinary hearing after a fight over a packet of chips.

A part of the fight was filmed and posted, with the person posting it saying the "white pupil" in the fight was still at school.

The posted clip has no sound, but starts with two male pupils tussling on the street, near the school, wearing their school uniforms.

It happened along a busy thoroughfare, in which the pupils usually walk to get to a shopping centre, and bus and taxi stop after school.

The fight quickly escalates, and one of the pupils is thrown over the shoulder of another and onto the hard tar.

Once on the ground, they grapple and one pupil punches the other repeatedly around the head.

With his tie loose and his mask coming off, the pupil on top carries on punching the one on the ground.

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The pupil being punched holds his hands around his head defensively, while he tries to twist away.

The video stops as the other pupil aims a kick at the pupil on the ground.

Other pupils do not intervene for the duration of the clip, with one standing close by, his hands in his pocket.

A comment that accompanied the video said the fight was apparently over a cellphone.

However, Western Cape education department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the fight started over a packet of chips on Thursday, 29 July.

"Another pupil intervened to break up the fight and was also assaulted," she said.

"A second altercation happened after the school had been dismissed, which was caught on camera. The altercation happened between the learner, who originally intervened, and another learner, who had been in the altercation earlier that day," added Hammond.

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As a result, three pupils will face a disciplinary hearing.

"The alleged victim in the video is not facing disciplinary action, but has been called as a witness. The other learner in the video has been temporarily suspended," she said.

A mediation meeting was conducted, and the pupils have all apologised for their role in the incidents.

The school is also dealing with the fight in terms of its disciplinary process.

Trauma counselling has been arranged for the pupils.

The matter has been reported to the Department of Social Development, in terms of the "Abuse no More" protocol, and further counselling has been arranged for two of the pupils.

"The alleged victim is currently not in hospital. The school has been in contact with both the learner and the parents involved," Hammond said.

The school referred all questions to the education department.

News24 has not been able to make contact with the parents of the pupils as yet.

The matter was reported to the police.

Spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said it was reported to Table View police on Monday.

A case of common assault is being investigated.

The ANC in the Western Cape legislature said it was disgusted by the attack.

"Learners should be occupied with learning during this time and not squabbles," said MPL Khalid Sayed.

"It is high time that proper charges be investigated by the police, the SA Human Rights Commission, and the school authorities to stamp out such thuggish behaviour."

Source: News24

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