Darlene Candy Grade 10 Mbilwi Secondary School Pupil
Darlene Candy is a grade 10 pupil of Mbilwi Secondary School in the Vhembe East education district who is seen in a viral video bullying another grade 10 student who has been identified as Lufuno. The incident took place on Monday, April 12th. The victim later went home after the incident and Committed suicide. The perpetrator took to Facebook to apologize with a message captioned, I’m Sorry!
The Bullying Incident was Captured in a Viral Video
In the video, the pupil from Mbilwi Secondary School in the Vhembe East education district is seen being confronted by two other girls. One of them signals the other to move while she gets closer to her to slap her countless times. The victim grabs the pupil who is assaulting her in an attempt to block the blows.
Other pupils can be heard in the background cheering the alleged perpetrator, who is also in grade 10.
Twitter users started a Twitter campaign on Tuesday in the hashtag, #JusticeForLufuno. Photos of the pupil who is seen assaulting her schoolmate in the video were also circulated on social media.
Limpopo education Statement
Limpopo education spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene confirmed the incident. “The victimised pupil is reported to have since passed away. However, the cause of death is unknown. The department is awaiting a formal report on the cause from the relevant authorities,” said Chuene.
She said the department was concerned about an apparent increase in bullying incidents in schools around the province.
“The department has also noted another recording of a physical altercation incident involving grade 12 female pupils from Nthuba High School making the rounds on social media. Details of this incident have been requested from the school principal and due disciplinary processes will be undertaken immediately.
“It is quite disturbing to witness this level of violent behaviour among young people. We strongly condemn such conduct that has turned our schools into horrendous havens for those who have no regards for their peers. Bullying is wrong and will never be tolerated in our schools,” Chuene said.
Education MEC Polly Boshielo promised action against bullies
“We send our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased pupil and pledge our commitment towards ensuring all those involved in bullying incidents are made to face the consequences of their actions,” she said.
“It is important we also capacitate our schools to strengthen enforcement of their code of conduct, especially regarding such incidents. Education is a societal matter, therefore putting the responsibility on all of us to ensure a safe learning and teaching environment.”