South Africa: Bullied Limpopo Schoolgirl's Suicide Raises Disturbing Questions About Moral Compass of Our Children


The death of Lufuno Mavhunga is all the more disturbing because the bullying that sparked it was recorded on phones by fellow pupils, who spread it on social media without even thinking of rushing to help her.

The death of 15-year-old Limpopo schoolgirl Lufuno Mavhunga on 12 April 2o21 after she was apparently bullied at school has sent shockwaves through the education landscape. The slender Grade 10 pupil allegedly took her own life. This is every parent's worst nightmare.

Bullying is not unique to South Africa. Recently, France was shaken by the murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl whose body was found in a river. She had allegedly also been the victim of bullying at school. A few phone calls to school principals confirmed my suspicion that it is increasing, especially among girls.

What is also upsetting is that other pupils recorded the Limpopo incident on their cellphones and spread it on social media without even thinking of rushing to help her. This raises questions about the moral compass of our children and what schools can (or should) do about these forms of behaviour.

According to Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo, bullying is increasing. She called on schools to strongly reprimand...

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