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Principal may face culpable homicide charge over pupil’s death

The principal is accused of assaulting Siphamandla Choma last year, leaving him paralysed. The child later died.

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JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says if the post-mortem report of a 14-year-old pupil links his death to an assault, allegedly by his school principal, the charge may be changed to culpable homicide.

On Wednesday, the NPA confirmed it had received the case docket from the investigating officer and that the Mpumalanga principal would be summoned after a court date is set.

The principal is accused of assaulting Siphamandla Choma last year, leaving him paralysed. The child later died.

Choma didn’t return to the Manyano Primary School in Middelburg last year after his spine was injured in the assault, which occurred after he had apparently stolen R150.

The NPA’s Monica Nyuswa says the NPA will have to study the post-mortem report to establish if his death is related to the assault.

The Mpumalanga Education Department has also charged the principal with misconduct internally and says the disciplinary process has already begun.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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