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SA headteacher ‘made pupil dig in poo for misplaced telephone’

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The federal government has pledged to do away with all pit latrines in state faculties (archive picture)

A South African headmaster has been suspended over accusations he compelled an 11-year-old boy to dig for a lacking telephone in a faeces-filled pit latrine.

He’s alleged to have lowered the kid by a rope into the opening used for a bathroom, promising him 200 rand ($14; £10).

The boy’s grandmother says he now fears going to high school as different pupils mocked him afterwards.

The native training physique informed TimesLive it discovered of the matter with “disgrace”.

Pit latrines are frequent in South Africa, the place it was estimated final yr {that a} sixth of all faculties nonetheless use them, regardless of their risks.

A prime training official for the Japanese Cape, Fundile Gade, informed reporters the incident was “past shame” and he could be visiting the pupil’s dwelling to apologise himself.

The headteacher in query at Luthuthu Junior Secondary Faculty is now being investigated by the Japanese Cape division pending additional motion.

It’s alleged he additionally inspired different kids to assist retrieve the telephone, which is known to have been by chance dropped into the employees pit rest room firstly of March.

Native media say the alleged incident got here to gentle when a neighborhood NGO that works to advertise faculty attendance heard in regards to the incident.

Petros Majola, from Khula Group Growth Challenge, posted a video that has gone viral, describing the incident in Xhosa, saying the hunt for the telephone went on for an hour.

After college students had used buckets to take away a number of the waste, Mr Majola is quoted as saying that boy was then lowered in till he was “knee-deep within the faeces”.

“He used his personal fingers to seek for the telephone, with faeces going even above his fingers and to his elbow.”

In response to News24, when the telephone was not discovered, the headmaster gave the kid 50 rand for his efforts.

The boy’s grandmother, who has not been named, informed native media that her grandson felt ashamed after his ordeal.

In 2018, the federal government pledged to do away with all pit latrines in state faculties inside two years after a five-year-old pupil drowned in a single.

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