Cape Town – Four learners from Motlalaohle Secondary School in Limpopo were reportedly arrested after a video of them bullying and assaulting another learner went viral on Monday.
According to The Citizen, fellow learners cheered on the bullies while filming videos that were shared on Facebook and WhatsApp.
Following the incident, the victim filed a complaint against the learners who had bullied her.
Police did not, however, intervene and she, therefore, sought assistance from Daniel Mokgokong, the founder of the local Non-profit Organisation (NGO) Ikageleng Development Forum, which advocates against bullying.
The community also stood up and demanded that the perpetrators be arrested.
The perpetrators were apprehended and were scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a close friend told the publication that Mahomela was being treated at a local clinic and that social workers had arranged for her to receive counseling because she had considered suicide.
The principal will also meet with the learners’ parents on Thursday.
Such incidents are not uncommon in the province. In April of last year, a video of a 14-year-old learner from Mbilwi Secondary School in Thohoyandou slapping another learner, Lufuno Mavhunga, 15, went viral.
According to Times Live, the two girls had exchanged heated words on social media the previous day.
Mavhunga shocked the nation and committed suicide.
Picture: Facebook/@Jane Letoboko
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo