Despite parents’ approval, teen couple suspended after marriage proposal at school
Mduduzi Tlou, 18, proposed to his 16-year-old girlfriend at Tholulwazi Secondary School in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni, last week, with the video going viral on social media, SowetanLive reports.
But a few hours after the two got “engaged” in front of cheering fellow pupils, the school confiscated a R2000 ring Tlou had bought for his girlfriend and suspended both pupils.
The pupils yesterday appeared before a school disciplinary hearing. Tlou told Sowetan that they had been dating for eight months. He said he wanted to marry her because she had “changed” his life.
“I love her because when I met her, I was an alcoholic and she had changed all of that. I paid R2000 for the ring. I bought it from Sterns. I had saved money for it,” Tlou said.
The Grade 11 pupil said marriage, however, was not on the cards for another two years. The girlfriend said: “When 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.”
The couple’s parents said they were elated by the proposal, however, they were worried by the pupils’ suspension. Tlou’s grandfather Jacob Xaba said: “Why is this relationship being turned into a crime?
He must marry her. I will even give him my savings for lobola.” The girl’s mother, Nomsa, said: “I am happy with the step these children are taking. Mduduzi is a good boy. I can’t think of a better son-in-law.”
Gauteng education spokesman, Steve Mabona, said the pupils acted indecently by kissing and touching in front of their schoolmates. “Surely such behaviour will not be tolerated in our schooling environment.
A school is an institution of learning . The pupils would be given a chance to write the tests missed,” he said.