Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pupils traumatised after mortuary punishment

Isolezwe | "A 28-year-old volunteer at Sebokeng police station has been accused of child abuse after she took a group of matriculants to a mortuary as a form of punishment, Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday.

Around 50 matriculants from the Crystal Springs Combined School in Polokong in the Vaal area, were on a bus on their way to a career day at the University of Pretoria on June 3.

A school headmaster then found “very powerful liquor” in the pupils' bags, a reliable source said.

“They refused to tell who had sold them the alcohol and so the headmaster took them to the Sekobeng police station,” the source told Beeld.

At the station, members of the victims support unit were asked to take over the case because most of the pupils were under the age of 18.

A woman at the police station who works with minors, said she was “gatvol” (fed up), and then took 9 of the pupils, five boys and four girls, to the to the Sebokeng mortuary to “learn a lesson”."