Questions glaring over predator’s post

2014-08-22 00:00

QUESTIONS are being asked about how the teacher at the centre of a child pornography probe continued working as an educator despite a previous conviction.

The Durban teacher’s previous indecent assault conviction emerged in his court appearance yesterday.

The teacher, now employed by a leading Durban school, had previously worked at Maritzburg College.

The school principal now employing the teacher said they were unaware of who had employed him before and of his earlier conviction.

“He came in 2004 and I have looked at all the paperwork,” the principal said. “His transfer was supported by a clean transfer.”

The principal said the transfer “was a State position transfer which means we did not ‘vet’ the [teacher’s] appointment”

The school had not checked his name against the National Sex Offenders Register and the Child Protection Register as they only came into place “around 2007.”

A Maritzburg College spokesperson said the principal would not comment on the conviction, as he had only recently been appointed. He had no knowledge of the teacher or the indecent assault conviction.

When asked to comment on the previous conviction and subsequent transfer, chief KZN’s Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi responded “noted” via a text message.

Earlier he told The Witness the department would launch its own investigation.

Troy Martens, spokesperson for the national Basic Education Department, said “given the previous conviction, the teacher should have been struck off the register.” This is the professional register of teachers maintained under the auspices of the South African Council for Educators (SACE).

The teacher is well-known in Durban’s theatre industry and the allegations have sent shock waves through it.

Caroline Smart, a well-known actor, director and promoter of the arts in the city was shocked.

“As a director or a teacher you develop a strong relationship with your cast or pupils,” she said. “Drama brings people together in a fairly close relationship unlike a classroom situation. Emotions are explored; a mutual trust developed and confidence built even in the shyest individual.”

Psychologist Clive Willows said child sexual abuse abused both trust and power. “It’s an abuse of ... power and creates a particular characteristic of the relationship. It’s not easy to say no to a person in authority.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.