PICS: 18-year-old commits suicide after being bullied and racially abused by her teacher





Johannesburg – The mother of a pupil whose suicide last month has been linked to her being allegedly bullied by a teacher, has accused the Gauteng Department of Education of xenophobia and lack of professionalism in handling her daughter’s case.
The Vorentoe High School pupil, 18-year-old Nicole Mnguni from Pimville, Soweto, wrote in a letter found after she committed suicide that she was “being made to feel down and small” by her maths teacher. She also wrote that the teacher made her fear going to school. “I mostly fear going to mathematics class, afraid of what my teacher (will) say or do to make me hate myself more than I already do.”
Her mother, Jessica Mnguni, said MEC Panyaza Lesufi did not personally address her daughter’s death, saying she presumed it was because of her nationality (Zimbabwean) and race, and pointed to Lesufi’s reaction to the tragedy at Hoërskool Driehoek.
“The MEC is always hands-on when it comes to issues of bullying and other bad things, but in my case he did not bother to visit us or to call us during our mourning period. Is it because I am a Zimbabwean or is it because we are black (and) we didn’t matter to him?

Johannesburg – The mother of a pupil whose suicide last month has been linked to her being allegedly bullied by a teacher, has accused the Gauteng Department of Education of xenophobia and lack of professionalism in handling her daughter’s case.
The Vorentoe High School pupil, 18-year-old Nicole Mnguni from Pimville, Soweto, wrote in a letter found after she committed suicide that she was “being made to feel down and small” by her maths teacher. She also wrote that the teacher made her fear going to school. “I mostly fear going to mathematics class, afraid of what my teacher (will) say or do to make me hate myself more than I already do.”
Her mother, Jessica Mnguni, said MEC Panyaza Lesufi did not personally address her daughter’s death, saying she presumed it was because of her nationality (Zimbabwean) and race, and pointed to Lesufi’s reaction to the tragedy at Hoërskool Driehoek.
“The MEC is always hands-on when it comes to issues of bullying and other bad things, but in my case he did not bother to visit us or to call us during our mourning period. Is it because I am a Zimbabwean or is it because we are black (and) we didn’t matter to him?