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A pupil who was assaulted by a woman in Mondlo, KwaZulu-Natal for allegedly trying to “steal her boyfriend” has been removed from her community, the Department of Social Development said on Friday.
“It is important for the girl to be removed from the community where this horrific incident took place to allow her to heal in a neutral environment where she feels safe,” Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said.
“Our social workers, working with the Department of Education, have also arranged for the girl to continue with her school work from the facility to ensure that she does not fall behind with her school work, especially now that final-year exams are around the corner.”
On Wednesday, the Daily Sun newspaper posted a video of the assault on YouTube.
According to the newspaper, the woman accused the girl of dating her boyfriend.
The woman invited the schoolgirl to her house where she locked the door and allegedly hit the girl with an object described as a sjambok.
A video made by a friend of the woman shows the girl being repeatedly hit while the woman and her friend tell her to “leave other people’s men alone”.
The girl is kicked when she attempts to stand up, and is hit on the head when she tries to open the door to leave the house. She is told to put the furniture back in its place, while being hit. She is then let go.
The video is 4.46 seconds long and had more than 21 000 views on YouTube by Friday morning.
The department said it would also provide trauma counselling to the girl’s grandparents.
Thusi urged residents to help the police with their investigations, instead of taking matters into their own hands.
“We must give the police enough space to do their work to ensure that the perpetrator faces justice, along with her friends.”