Gauteng teacher guilty of misconduct

2013-05-17 20:16

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Johannesburg - A teacher who allegedly kidnapped, drugged, and raped a schoolgirl, has been found guilty of gross misconduct in a disciplinary hearing, rights group Section27 said on Friday.

"We are still awaiting a decision as to whether any criminal charges will be brought against the teacher," it said in a statement.

A complaint about the teacher was lodged with the Gauteng education department in February last year.

Spokesperson Charles Phahlane said the teacher was initially found not guilty in a disciplinary hearing.

"The head of department in Gauteng then lodged an appeal, and the appeal came back and overturned the not guilty verdict, and so the educator was found guilty."

Phahlane said the next step would be to determine what sanction the teacher would face.

"As the department we welcome the verdict. We will not hesitate to take stern action against educators that abuse their positions of authority," he said.

Section27 said the Employment of Educators Act stipulated that any teacher found guilty of gross misconduct should be fired.

The rights group, and its affiliates in the case - Lawyers Against Abuse, Werksmans Attorneys, and the Treatment Action Campaign - welcomed the department's no-tolerance stance on sexual violence in schools.

They remained concerned, however, at how long it took for the complaint to reach the present stage, and intended working with the department to streamline processes for similar matters.

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