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The late Lufuno Mavhunga bullying case postponed

Polokwane – The Thohoyandou Children’s Court has postponed to Thursday the case involving a school pupil accused of assaulting fellow pupil, the late Lufuno Mavhunga.

It is believed that a 15-year-old Mbilwi Secondary School learner took her life by overdosing, after a video showing her being assaulted went viral on social media.

The accused minor is being kept at a youth centre since her arrest on Thursday, she appeared at the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Other pupils who are linked to the alleged bullying of Mavhunga have been suspeneded from Mbilwi School.

Not only did they rob the Mavhunga clan their daughter’s life, they scammed them the brightest future as a lot is anticipated from her.

The appearing of the accused minor at the court was to hear her bailing application which the court couldn’t proceed with which led to the Thursday postponement.

“The case did not sit today due to non-availability of magistrate,” explains NPA Limpopo Spokesperson, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, she added that the mere magistrate present is the one who only presided the case on the preliminary stage, which by law calls for a new magistrate.

The accused minor’s lawyer Kagiso Muthivhithivhi exhibited disappointment in the delaying of the matter as he says, “this is the first time she has been removed and placed somewhere were she is not in the comfort of her mother, her family and her siblings.”

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya, who attended the funeral service of the late Lufuno Mavhunga, said the government has failed Lufuno.

“As government, we can do so much, we can put child protection acts, we can put all policies in place. We have failed her, all of us. We have failed Lufuno,” Siweya emphasised.

The death of Lufuno left the hearts of many South Africans shocked, they could not do anything from flocking to Venda to pay their last respect to her, and to comfort and show her clan that it is not their own bereavement, their daughter’s death left many wounds.