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Siv Ngesi weighs in on 'police treatment' of teen who bullied Lufuno, sparks debate

30 April 2021 - 11:00 By chrizelda kekana
Siv Ngesi took aim at the police for their alleged treatment of the 14-year-old girl who bullied Lufuno Mavhunga.
Siv Ngesi took aim at the police for their alleged treatment of the 14-year-old girl who bullied Lufuno Mavhunga.
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Media personality Siv Ngesi ignited a heated debate on social media on Thursday after he weighed in on the arrest of the 14-year-old pupil for the bullying of Lufuno Mavhunga. 

News of Lufuno’s death made headlines after the 15-year-old took her own life by overdosing on pills earlier this month, just hours after being beaten by another pupil. Footage of the incident showing Lufuno being repeatedly slapped in the face went viral on social media.

The 14-year-old was arrested by police earlier this month.

Siv took to Twitter to share his views on the incident and the perceived treatment of the teen by police. 

The TV personality said he didn't understand why the girl was being treated like she was guilty of murder.

So that young 14-year-old girl who was caught on camera bullying the girl who committed suicide is being treated like a brutal criminal ... she is guilty of bullying, not murder! Kids bully ... just saw footage of her in court ... catch the real criminals!” Siv tweeted.

The actor then added, No-one said she is being charged with murder, all I am saying, she mustn’t be treated as such”.

In the wake of the debate sparked by his initial tweets, Siv returned to explain that he was in no way saying bullying shouldn't be addressed.

He backed up his views by suggesting what punitive actions he believed the girl should be subjected to, which included the likes of community service and anger management.

Siv's views sparked a debate among his followers, who weighed in on the comments section. 

While some agreed with Siv, saying the justice system and police ought to remember that at 14 years, the girl was still a child and that while she needed to know that her crime was serious, she should still be treated with love.

Others had a different take on the matter, saying while the teenager was not a murderer, she needed to understand the repercussions of her actions. 

Here are some of the opinions below: