Scholars from eight schools in Tsakane in the East Rand are planning to march to the local police station, with the aim to embark on a shutdown.
The pupils planned on this march after the death of a 14-year-old Nhlanhla Tshabalala, who died last week. He died on Thursday after allegedly being assaulted by a teacher and grounds man just days earlier.
It was alleged that the boy was carrying a toy gun and that he had a confrontation with the teacher in question as well as grounds man. Father of the deceased said, “he feels let down by authorities, especially because he feels his son’s passing could have been totally avoided.”
He says he saw a video that shows two adults assaulting his son. He further stated he does not condone any misbehavior and if indeed his son was carrying a weapon whether it was fake or not, those in question had no right to take his life and should have engaged with his superiors as he did not encourage that behavior and would not expect that of his son.
Despite that, it seems that though, there was excessive force because when he went to the hospital, he found his son to be swollen, especially around the tossel area.
The police are saying they are waiting on the outcome of postmortem report which will determine the exact cause of death. And if it is found that the cause of death was the result of that assault and injuries related to being tackled, then they will follow up investigation and those who are deemed to have been responsible will be brought to book.