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Minor sentenced to two years after brutal attack of teacher: Is the SA justice system fair?

These were the emotional words of assaulted teacher.

How can I ever turn my back on a class to write on a blackboard? That’s what Karin Coetzee asks – the teacher from Edenburg, Free State, who was attacked by an old pupil in her home last year.

Coetzee carries the scars on her cheek, nose, lip and hand after the attack on October 27 last year. Her minor attacker – an old pupil of hers – was jailed for two years last week.

Because he is not yet 18, he cannot be identified by law.

Coetzee is bitterly unhappy about the short sentence and scared “What happens if he is released one day? There was so much hate in him.”

She said the boy’s father told her last year that he (the father) WOULD FINISH HIMSELF WHAT HIS SON HAD BEGUN.


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