Congolese pupil hospitalised after classmates severely beat her in xenophobic attack

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Nsemuila Ngonefi with her daughter, Donatien, who is recovering in hospital after allegedly being beaten up by pupils in her class. Picture: Supplied

Cape Town – A Congolese Grade 10 learner at Salt River High School was beaten so severely in a xenophobic attack by classmates that she remains in hospital two weeks later. Donatien Ngonefi, the father of Donette Ngonefi, said: “My daughter is a class monitor and was told by the teacher to look after the learners. She did nothing wrong. They started mocking her, and saying she’s a foreigner.”

Ngonefi said his daughter had complained to the principal about being bullied, but nothing was done. She also complained about being constantly verbally abused by her classmates.“Donette was first in Groote Schuur Hospital, then over the weekend she started complaining that she wasn’t feeling well, so we took her to the Karl Bremer Hospital,” he said.

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