A pupil involved in a physical altercation with her teacher at San Souci Girls’ High School made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The Grade 9 pupil appeared in camera as she is a minor.

Her case was postponed until May 2 for further particulars, confirmed Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

Teacher Clarissa Venter laid the assault charge against the pupil, who no longer attends the elite school. The teenager’s mother also laid the same charge against Venter after a clip of the altercation went viral on social media.

The pupil also lodged a complaint with the Equality Court, with her lawyer arguing that the incident was a clear “abuse of power”.

“While this incident has been portrayed as an altercation between [the teacher] and the learner, this is far from the truth,” legal representative Yolisa Nocanda said in a statement at the time.

“What is clear from the video is the abuse of power and the bullying of a learner who is not in a position to defend herself.” 

Venter is expected to return to work on April 2.

Jessica Shelver, the spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, said the disciplinary process against Venter had concluded, News24 previously reported.

The school governing body had ratified its decision that the teacher receive a fine, final warning and anger management sessions, Shelver said.

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