No court date set in Siphamandla Choma assault case
The principal allegedly assaulted the boy last year leaving him wheel chair bound after he apparently stole R150.
JOHANNESBURG – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says a court date for the Manyano Primary School principal who allegedly assaulted 14-year-old Siphamandla Choma in Mpumalanga last year has still not been set as officials are still waiting on the postmortem report.
Three months ago, the Mpumalanga NPA said it was ready to charge the principal but after Choma died in hospital, the prosecutor delayed the summons to first determine the cause of death.
The principal allegedly assaulted the boy last year, leaving him wheelchair-bound after he apparently stole R150.
Four months ago, the Mpumalanga NPA said it was ready to charge the principal with a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
But the NPA’s says Monica Nyuswa says the prosecutor has put the brakes on this.
“The suspect has not been summoned yet while waiting for the result to determine the cause of death of the victim.”
The criminal investigations have been running concurrently with a provincial Education Department disciplinary hearing into the principal.
The department’s Jasper Zwane says that they are waiting for the report to decide on the principal's fate.