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Update: Former principal appears in court

Siphamandla Choma with his uncle, Johannes.

Siphamandla was allegedly assaulted by the principal of his primary school in Mhluzi late last year, after he was accused of stealing R150.

He was left paralysed and his family instituted a legal claim worth R25 Million against the Department of Education.

In March this year, Siphamandla died.

Autopsy results have not been revealed but according to a well placed source, the child may have died of Cancer and not as a result of the beating.

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One neighbour, who spoke to the Middelburg Observer on condition of anonymity, said that the boy was in and out of hospital with a walking problem for many months before the assault.

“It’s possible that the assault aggravated the condition but certainly did not cause it,” she said.

The accused appeared in Middelburg Regional Court last week on a charge of assault GBH, and the matter was postponed to 12 September.

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Yaseen Gaffar
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