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Motshekga endorses Lesufi’s call for investigation into viral hair video

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Angie Motshekga has endorsed the call for an investigation into the viral video of a teacher forcefully combing the hair of a learner, before granting him access onto the premises.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, to circulate a statement by Minister Angie Motshekga. The statement serves as a form of endorsement of the decision taken by the Gauteng Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) of Education, Panyaza Lesufi.

On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, Lesufi took to Twitter to call on his team to investigate the viral video of a teacher forcefully combing the hair of a learner before entering the school grounds. Lesufi’s decision to launch an investigation into the matter was met with polarised reactions. On the one hand, there was support for the investigation and possible consequences for the teacher in question. On the other hand, there was resistance to the possible remedial action against the teacher, as some claimed that she was just ensuring neatness and maintaining the school’s code of conduct.

The statement read, “The Department of Basic Education has clear guidelines on the Schools Code of Conduct for both teachers and learners. The School Governing Body of this particular school, as our trusted stakeholder representing parents, will take part in dealing with the matter. We await the outcomes of the investigation by the Gauteng MEC of Education regarding this matter.”

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