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Family of paralysed pupil files R25m lawsuit against department

A Mpumalanga principal allegedly assaulted 14-year-old Siphamandla Choma last year, leaving him paralysed.

FILE: Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Mpumalanga Education Department has confirmed receiving a R25 million lawsuit from the Choma family after a principal allegedly assaulted 14-year-old Siphamandla Choma last year, leaving him paralysed.

The department says it has conducted a thorough investigation into the Manyano Primary School principal in Middelburg and is ready to proceed with the disciplinary process.

However, it says it will defend itself against the lawsuit brought by the Choma family.

Siphamandla Choma is still at the Middelburg hospital after his principal allegedly assaulted him for apparently stealing R150 last year.

Spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Education Department Jasper Zwane says after its investigations the department is now in a position to charge the principal with misconduct.

“Based on the report it’s clear that a learner was assaulted and for that reason the department is going to institute charges.”

However, Zwane says the court case is a different process altogether and the department will defend itself accordingly.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)