Mpumalanga’s “shambok king” is dead

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Lwazi Raul

Known throughout Mpumalanga as the “Sjambok King, ” Simon Mkhatjwa’s death is creating a stir on social media platforms.

Owner of Cerfups Academy in Mpumalanga, Mkhatjwa’s school was renowned for its excessive physical discipline as he allegedly shambokked learners to the point of death.  Some of the learners actually died and others were severely injured.

One of the students who died after a beating was Paballo Seanne (19), niece of the Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi. She died after she was allegedly shambokked for failing a test at the school, which became notorious for administering corporal punishment since it was opened 20 years ago.

According to information, the late Mkhatjwa’s school caged learners who trespassed with very little food and protest marches to have the school closed, came to naught. Comments on social media after his death at Mbombela’s MediClinic yesterday, tells a story of its own – of a violent and abusive man whose death is not met with sadness. Unfortunately it is too late for some young people who did not have the benefit as he had of growing older.