Gauteng Education MEC Mr Panyaza Lesufi has on Tuesday, 16 August 2022, visited Fred Norman Secondary School in Ennerdale following a racism incident which occurred between a teacher and a parent in a classroom on Friday, 12 August 2022.
Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona says, during MEC Lesufi’s address he indicated that it is the community’s democratic right to review certain education policies if they wish to do so, following the questions from the community on whether corporal punishment must be enforced since there are many cases of ill-discipline reported across Gauteng schools.
However, in an article written by Times LIVE reporter Prega Govender published this week, it is insinuated that MEC Lesufi supports corporal punishment, although he never advocated or supported the administration of corporal punishment in any way.
MEC Lesufi disregards the accusations and misleading reports carried against him by various media houses insinuating that he calls for the return of corporal punishment, alluding that the story was deliberately miscomprehended by a journalist who has developed years of hatred for him and the Department.
Mabona says, the Department has begun a process to lay a formal complaint with the Press Ombudsman on the said inaccurate article.