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Pupil accused of assaulting Lufuno Mavhunga to remain at youth centre after case was postponed

Lufuno Mavhunga

The 14-year-old Limpopo teen who was caught on video assaulting Lufuno Mavhunga, who later committed suicide, will remain in a state youth centre after her bail application was postponed.

The Mbilwa Secondary High School pupil’s, who made her second appearance at the Thohoyandou Children’s Court on Tuesday, application to return to her parent’s care was denied. This is after the State asked for a postponement to Thursday.

According to the teen’s defence lawyer, the postponement was due to a shortage of magistrates.

The lawyer said the magistrate who dealt with the preliminary hearing last week on whether the minor should be released to the care of the parents, said she could not proceed with the bail application and required another magistrate to take over the matter.

The lawyer said the teen was not doing “particularly well”.

“She is not coping at all while in custody. We are talking about a 14-year-old child who has been removed from her family setting with her mom and siblings. She is not doing particularly well.” the lawyer told television news channel Newzroom Afrika.

The teen, who is accused of allegedly assaulting Mavhunga, was arrested on Thursday and made her first appearance on Friday.

Prior to the court appearance, the National Prosecuting Authority’s spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said: “The child in conflict with the law assaulted another learner who later committed suicide. This matter will be dealt with according to the Child Justice Act prescripts.”

A video of the 15-year-old learner being attacked by a fellow learner while others watched on went viral and sparked fury among many.

The video shows Lufuno being confronted by another learner before they are interrupted by a learner who slaps her several times.

Defenceless, Lufuno does not fight back. Instead, she tries to reason with her attacker. In the background, other learners are heard mocking and cheering the perpetrator.

A second video of the same incident shows the two learners being separated by a male learner. Lufuno’s attacker lands some more slaps and pulls her hair before they are separated.

Lufuno was buried on Saturday.

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