Confirming that the teacher who slapped the grade 9 pupil was suspended alongside the student, Jessica Shelver, the spokesperson for Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer said;
“The learner and the educator are not at school today. They have both been informed by the school governing body that disciplinary steps will be taken against them. They have been suspended pending the disciplinary hearing.”
The South African teacher who slapped the abusive student, was spotted in the viral video grabbing the girl’s cellphone from her hands and further telling her it is against the school’s regulations to have it during class. However after the teacher asked the student to leave her class, she refused and said something inaudible to which the teacher replied: “Are you swearing at me? You are speaking a different language in my class!”
She then switched to Afrikaans, pushed the desk towards the pupil and got close to her face. The student however pushed the desk back towards the teacher and gets up. The teacher shouts: “Are you hitting me?” She slaps the pupil and continues: “You push me! You swear at me!”
Police confirmed on Wednesday that the teacher and pupil had opened criminal cases against each other. Shelver said pupils and teachers at Sans Souci had been offered counselling and the school was investigating programmes to help teachers with “management of discipline”.