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‘I didn’t say that’: Lesufi rejects reports he promotes corporal punishment

Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi will be going after TimesLive for reporting false statements about him.

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New Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi. Image: Facebook/Panyaza Lesufi

The Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has rejected reports that he supports the return of corporal punishment in schools.


An article on TimesLive implied that Lesufi does not oppose the use of corporal punishment. This apparently happened when he was responding to questions from the parents of Fred Norman Secondary School in Ennerdale on Tuesday. This visit came after a racism incident between a teacher and a parent.

The article raised the eyebrows of the South African Human Rights Commission, which raised concerns about what Lesufi reportedly said.

“If these insinuations by the TimesLive report are indeed accurate, the South African Human Rights Commission would be concerned in light of the right to bodily and psychological integrity and the right to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhumane and degrading manner…” the Commission said.

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But the MEC vehemently rejects the report carried out by various media houses as “disturbing and misleading”.

Lesufi was asked by the community whether corporal punishment must be enforced since there are many cases of ill-discipline across Gauteng schools, said spokesperson Steve Mabona.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he does not support the return of corporal punishment in schools and will be going to the Press Ombudsman. PHOTO: Facebook/Panyaza Lesufi

He said Lesufi actually indicated that it is the community’s democratic right to review certain education policies if they wish to do so.

“However, he never advocated or supported the administration of corporal punishment in any way.”

Steve Mabona

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The Gauteng education will be lodging a formal complaint with the Press Ombudsman on the inaccuracy published in the article. Mabona says the process to lay the complaint has already begun.

Lesufi says the story was deliberately misconstrued as the journalist has had a long-time loathe for him.

“The review of a certain policy has never been equated to the support of a particular view. This story was deliberately misconstrued by a journalist who has developed years of hatred for me and the Department to such an extent that he always distorts the information we share with him in our responses”, Lesufi said.

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