A secondary school teen couple has been suspended after a video in which they were seen proposing each other for marriage at school premises went viral on social media.
Mduduzi Tlou aged 18 proposed for marriage to his 16-year-old lover (name withheld because she`s underage) at Tholulwazi secondary school in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni in front of cheering fellow pupils.
It was gathered that the school also confiscated a R2000 ring that the boy had bought for his girlfriend.
The pupils yesterday appeared before a school disciplinary hearing.
The boy told Sowetan news that they had been dating for eight months. He said he wanted to marry her because she had ‚Äúchanged‚ÄĚ his life.
‚ÄúI love her because when I met her, I was an alcoholic and she had changed all of that.
The Grade 11 pupil said marriage, however, was not on the cards for another two years.
‚ÄúI paid R2000 for the ring. I bought it from Sterns. I had saved money for it,‚ÄĚ Tlou said.
He said he did not know the proposal was against school policy. ‚ÄúI was surprised on September 18 just after lunch when they called us into the principal‚Äôs office, confiscated the ring and asked us to bring our parents the next day.‚ÄĚ
Tlou said he was worried that he was missing out on learning while on suspension. He has already missed four class tests. He wants to finish his studies, find a job and marry his sweetheart.
The girlfriend said she, too, was worried that she was missing out on her schooling.
‚ÄúWhen they took my ring at school, I wanted to cry. He asked me to marry him and make him the happiest man on earth. We are not going to get married now. We will get married after we both finish school,‚ÄĚ she said.
The couple‚Äôs parents said they were elated by the proposal, however, they were worried by the pupils‚Äô suspension.
Tlou‚Äôs grandfather Jacob Xaba said:
‚ÄúWhy is this relationship being turned into a crime? He must marry her. I will even give him my savings for lobola.‚ÄĚ
The girl‚Äôs mother, Nomsa, said: ‚ÄúI am happy with the step these children are taking. Mduduzi is a good boy. I can‚Äôt think of a better son-in-law.‚ÄĚ
Gauteng education spokesman Steve Mabona said the pupils acted indecently by kissing and touching in front of their schoolmates.
‚Äú. Surely such behaviour will not be tolerated in our schooling environment. A school is an institution of learning . The disciplinary process by the SGB . will pave a way forward.‚ÄĚ
The pupils would be given a chance to write the tests missed, he said.
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