PERCEIVE Malamulele says when the teacher was finished with him, his hand was bleeding and his bum was swollen.
Then the teacher allegedly locked him in an office for an hour. Perceive (15), a grade 9 pupil at Malamulele High School in Edinburgh Village, outside Thulamahashe in Mpumalanga, said the incident took place on Friday.
He said he was sitting at his desk when a pupil fell on him. “I pushed her away and she ran to the teacher, claiming I assaulted her.
“The teacher dragged me to his office without listening to my story. He walked out and came back with 18 sticks he had cut from a tree. He beat me with them until they all broke and I was bleeding. He then locked me in,” Perceive said.
“Perceive’s bum and back were badly swollen but up to now all the principal has said is that the teacher is away on a school trip.
“We contacted the circuit manager, Collins Masiya, who promised to investigate the matter.”
Education spokesman Jasper Zwane said the matter has not been reported to the department.
“A full report will be requested from the school and action will be taken based on its content,” he said.