‘Teacher’s a vicious animal’

2012-05-12 10:10

KZN Education MEC Senzo Mchunu has labelled a 40 year-old teacher charged with raping a 15 year-old pupil on Thursday a “vicious animal”.

Investigations by the department revealed that the grade 10 pupil from Dlamvuzo High School near Empangeni and the teacher did not report to school on Thursday.

They were later caught by police officers having sexual intercourse in the bush near Maholoholo, Esikhawini Township, according to the department.

Mchunu strongly condemned the incident, saying the teacher did not deserve to called a man.

“He is a vicious animal. He does not belong in our society. The issue of child abuse and the molestation of learners by teachers is one which we will never succumb to nor shift from fighting to the end.

“It is evil and so are people who commit these evil deeds. I have instructed the officials to suspend this teacher with immediate effect,” said Mchunu.

“It is a shame and deeply embarrassing that a teacher can be found having sexual intercourse with a child young enough to be his daughter.

“There is a 25-year age difference between the two – this suggests to me that he wouldn’t hesitate to rape his very own daughter.

“But that aside, being a teacher means he assumes a parental responsibility for this child. I fail to understand what would cause him to have sex with the child,” he added.

Earlier today, Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said police received a report of a man and a pupil in uniform seen in a car parked in the Mzingwenya forest.

When confronted by the police, the girl informed them that she had been raped and the suspect was immediately arrested.

The suspect appeared in the Esikhwawini Magistrates’ Court today.

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