Teacher in court over WhatsApp picture

By Drum Digital
06 November 2013

A Hyde Park High School teacher accused of sending a naked picture of himself to a pupil.

A Hyde Park High School teacher accused of sending a naked picture of himself to a pupil appeared briefly in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

His case was postponed to January 22 and he was released on R2000 bail. He has been charged with exposure or display of pornography.

He was arrested in August following allegations that he sent a nude picture of himself to one of his 16-year-old pupils.

According to reports, on July 30 the teacher engaged in a late-night WhatsApp chat with the boy's mother, thinking it was him.

The teacher allegedly sent numerous sexual images and made sexual suggestions.

It was alleged that in one of the pictures the man was sitting naked in a bathtub.

The boy's mother laid a criminal charge against him.

When the allegations surfaced, the Gauteng education department reportedly said it had launched an independent investigation into the incident.

"The teacher is suspended," education department spokesman Gershwin Chuenyane said.

-by Sapa

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