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Boy's broom attack on teacher caught on video

Footage of a boy violently attacking a teacher at a South African high school has led to government calls for the youngster to be punished - reports Sky News.

A video posted on YouTube shows the student kicking and hitting the male teacher with a broom in a classroom of the Glenvista school in Johannesburg. Other pupils can be heard cheering, laughing and egging the boy on during the assault, which reportedly happened on Wednesday. "Get him," one boy is heard saying.

The teacher is seen walking away from his attacker and leaving the building, but the pupil - still armed with the broom - follows him into the street. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said she was "disturbed" by the attack. She has called for the boy and those cheering him on to be punished. "This incident must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and the relevant punishment must be met out," she said. "The student responsible together with the other learners who were cheering him on should all be disciplined accordingly."

Mrs Motshekga has recommended that anyone who was there during the attack receive trauma counselling. She said such violence would "not be tolerated" by either pupils or teachers in South African schools. "Schools should remain a no-violence zone where educators and learners can feel safe and secure in order for teaching and learning to take place," she said.

Sky News has tried to contact Glenvista school about the assault. The attack comes as South African police unveiled crime statistics which lobby groups say are the worst in a decade. The figures showed increases in some of the crimes that most frighten and upset South Africans.

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