The Northern Cape Department of Education confirmed that it is aware of the incident which happened a week ago.
“This type of behaviour is unacceptable and parents must fulfill their primary responsibility to inculcate good values and norms in their children,” said education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe.
The scholar now faces disciplinary action.
2018 has not been a good year for teachers in South African classrooms. Here are other incidents that have made headlines.
The notebook attack
A video posted on YouTube in March shows a learner from a Vaal school walking up from her desk with an exercise book in hand. The learner purposefully walks towards the teacher standing at the front of the class and slams the book at her.