The SHRC is investigating the circumstances surrounding Tir Maalusi’s death

Thira Maalusi died last week after consuming rat poison. This happened after a teacher teased him about his sexuality in front of the class.

Pupils gather at Tir Maalusi’s funeral in Tshepisong on Thursday 25 August 2022. Photo: Buhle Mbhele/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Year 9 student PJ Simelane High School.

The commission said the investigation will be completed by March next year.

Thira Maalusi died last week after consuming rat poison. This happened after a teacher teased him about his sexuality in front of the class.

He was buried on Thursday in Tshepisong, west of Joburg.

The commission noted that all interested parties will be involved in the investigation.

It is the department of education, and the school, and the parents.

The student organization Cosas stressed the importance of the Human Rights Commission’s intervention.

Commission representative Buang Jones: “The commission’s investigation will take about 180 days. The commission will invite input from the Department of Education, SGB, school management and concerned teachers. The commission will also conduct an interview with the family of the dead student.”

Maalusi’s family said Eyewitness news that the commission gave them hope.

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