Seven teachers face suspension in South Africa after a series of videos emerged showing staff abusing students. Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, said he was “shocked and disgusted” by the films, which are taken in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province.
A video shared online on Monday, which appears to have been filmed discreetly by a pupil, shows a teacher attacking two female students with a stick. The girls are heard screaming while their classmates laugh in the background. Police are also investigating reports of an alleged gang rape of a pupil by staff.
The clips, which have provoked outrage online, are the latest in a series of videos showing violence by teachers. Last month, a video surfaced of two students screaming as they are repeatedly struck on the back with a stick by a female teacher. Another video showed a student being lashed several times on the hand by a male teacher.