The Western Cape Department of Education will investigate the incident after the video went viral.
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department will investigate an incident at the Sans Souci Girls' High School in which a teacher was caught on camera slapping a pupil.
In the clip the teacher can be heard arguing with the pupil for not having a specific book and then for carrying a cellphone in class, which is in contravention of the school's code of conduct.
During the heated exchange, which reportedly happened on Tuesday, the pupil accuses her teacher of swearing at her and the confrontation escalates and eventually leads to the teacher slapping the girl.
On Wednesday morning several pupils at the school held a peaceful protest in defense of the teacher stating that the incident was not race related.
In a statement the education department said it did not condone the teacher's behaviour and that disciplinary steps would be taken once investigations are completed.
"While we will not tolerate any form of corporal punishment, we are however very aware of the many disciplinary challenges our educators face daily in our schools."
"We do not however, tolerate the use of corporal punishment to deal with learners that show signs of behavioural issues or are ill-disciplined", read the statement.