Matiwane Attorneys issued a letter of demand to a Hexagon High School teacher following an incident of the alleged assault of a grade 9 pupil at the school.
According to the notice delivered to the school last week, the 15-year-old girl was hit in the face with a frozen water bottle by a teacher for not finishing her homework. As a result, the pupil sustained injuries below her eye. In a picture shown to The Rep, the pupil appeared to have a swollen and bloody cut below her left eye.
The signed letter, which is said to have been received by school principal Malcom Lentoor, stated that the firm had been instructed to demand an amount of R200 000 for the injuries sustained by their client.
“Should you fail to comply with the proposals contained herein within seven days from the service of this notice, legal proceedings to enforce compliance will be instituted against you and the department of education without further notice. We recommend that you act on this notice as a matter of urgency,” read the letter signed by the firm’s director Zolile Matiwane
The notice further stated that payment should be made within seven days from receipt.
“The child is traumatised. We are prepared to sue the department on the basis of vicarious liability,” Matiwane indicated.
Department of education Chris Hani West assistant director Madoda Ndembe said the department was not aware of the matter as no such reports were made to the department by the school. He also indicated that schools had platforms to record such incidents in the form of a rapid incident report.
Principal Lentoor failed to respond to queries by The Rep sent via email by the time of going to print. The Rep visited the school on Wednesday, however Lentoor said he attending class. Attempts to meet him on Thursday morning were also unsuccessful.