Mpumalanga came first with 414 incidents and Gauteng second with 251. According to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, from the total of 1 345 incidents, bullying was the most common form of violence in these schools.
“Bullying remains a major challenge, as it most often occurred in the classroom, generally in the absence of a teacher,” said Motshekga.
“Globally, 32% of (pupils) had been bullied at least once in the past month, 32.4 % had been physically attacked in the past year, and 36% had been in a physical fight in the past year.
Citing 2015 research, the minister said bullying was far more common at no-fee schools with 48% of pupils claiming to have been bullied on a weekly basis. At private schools the figures were lower, with a quarter of the pupils reporting being bullied on a regular basis.