Bullies end up in jail: Minister

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga – who is conducting a road show visiting various schools around Gauteng – has sent out a stern warning that bullies end up in jail.

The Minister sent out the warning after a recent video doing the rounds on social media shows two Grade 11 boys from one of Johannesburg’s top boys schools, King Edward VII School, attacking a Pair of Grade 10 boys.

Mothsekga says South African pupils are among the most bullied in the world and this is simply unacceptable.

She says learners who bully others generally grow up to be deviant.

“It starts with bullying because these bullies are preparing themselves to become violent adults. Bullies are evil people but I am glad that there are psycho social services to help them,” she said.

Motshekga says bullies are generally kids who are in dire need of attention and that pupils should not think they are “smart” when they bully others.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi will be visiting Kind Edward High where the latest incident of bullying occurred.

“We will be going to that school to address that problem. We don’t need bullying. As we’ve seen, if you lose 6-o, people behave otherwise,” he said.

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