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Cefups Academy in court

Three security staff for Cefups Academy appeared in court on Wednesday.

12 November 2012 | Tereasa Ferrari

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NELSPRUIT – “When parents bring their children to register at Cefups they do not bring an entourage, but when they come to take their children out the school, they arrive with seven vehicles full of policemen, it is not a battlefield “said founding principal and owner of Cefups Academy, Simon Mkhatshwa.

He appeared as a witness in the Nelspruit regional court on Wednesday in the trial of three of his boarding masters who were accused of assaulting four teenagers on April 21.

Mr Jaconia Nkosi,( 44), Mr Henry Mphokane, (30), and Mr Nhlanhla Mazibuko,(44) are facing charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Musa Nkambule, (18), Tsholofelo Matabane,(19), Hawick Miquen,(21), and Tshepo Ndlovu, (18), - were apparently severely assaulted at Cefups Academy between Mbombela and White River after attending a school beauty pageant on April 21.

The four teenagers were not pupils at the school, but are related to Grade 11 pupil at the school, Nothando Kenny, 17.

Mkhatswa said he had only heard about the incident the day after when he went to bail the accused out of jail.

“No one is allowed on the school premises, not even brothers and sisters unless they are parents and then we have an identification scanner”, he said.

Prosecutor Mr Dani Sibiya questioned Mkhatshwa on why they had not called the police when the incident occurred.

He replied that he could not rely on police as they had failed to help him in previous incidents and therefore he had workers for the purpose of removing intruders. He said he had also trained students as security .

Spokesman for the education department, Mr Jasper Zwane said, "Since it is a private school, there is nothing much we can do about this. We all know that corporal punishment is prohibited in South Africa for both public and private schools.”

The three accused are out on R500 bail each and the trial continues in court.

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