Saturday, November 11, 2006

Boy still alive after being beaten and strangled

By Tando Mfengwana
11 November 2006

A ten-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after he was allegedly beaten and strangled in Manguzi in Kosi Bay KwaZulu Natal.

Thabiso Vumase, a northern Zululand pupil was allegedly beating by his school principal and senior police officers who accused him of stealing other pupils’ lunch boxes.

His mother Noziziwe Vumase said his school principal, a senior police inspector and a member of a community policing forum had allegedly beaten and strangled him and he fainted after the incident.

She said that the men had warned her not to send the pupil to hospital or to report the matter to the police, according to a Daily News report.

She could see that his injuries were serious; she then ignored the men and took him to hospital.

The report says that the claims that Thabiso had been severely beaten during a three hour detention spread through the small town.

Residents were calling for both the principal and the police officer to be fired with immediate effect.

Doctors at hospital said the child was in a serious condition but promising but would not give any specific details about his condition.


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