Pretoria teacher accused of ‘fondling’ his learners

2017-09-08 15:29
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Nine learners have reported a 51-year-old teacher who allegedly fondled their private parts at Kodumela Primary school, a farm school located in Pyramid, north of Pretoria.

 

Captain Rebecca Phahlane, spokesperson of the Pretoria-North police station confirmed to YOU that a case has been opened against the teacher.

 

“It is too early to say what the charges are as the matter is still being investigated,” said Phahlane.

 

According to pupils, who spoke to The Sowetan, the teacher allegedly touched the learners’ private parts, slipping his hands into their pants and fondling them.  

 

"He tucked in my shirt and touched my private parts. I did not know what to make of it, I was confused," a 12-year-old female pupil told the paper.  

 

"It was in February when we were sent to the office to pack the feeding scheme milk. We were about five and we found him [the teacher] busy with paperwork,” another alleged victim said.

 

"Then he came and asked us if we were packing nicely. He then came close to me as if he was playing with me and touched my penis. When I tried to push him back he wanted to hit me. He told the others to look aside.

 

"I told my mom a few months later because I was scared [the teacher] would hit me. Later, a white lady who came to question us said I was lying and colluding with other pupils to get the teacher fired," he continued.

 

A teacher at the school, who wants to stay anonymous, confirmed that police officers have been conducting investigations for about four weeks at the school and that the accused educator was still reporting for duty.

 

The Gauteng Department of Education confirmed the incident to YOU. The Department said in a press statement they are conducting investigations of circumstances surrounding allegations of sexual assault, against the educator at Kodumela Primary School.

 

“We can also confirm that, the educator has been served with a notice of intention to suspend him today, 8 September 2017, and as such he will not report at the school on Monday, 11 September 2017. 

 

“The mooted suspension will necessitate that, learners go back to school, without any fear.”

 

“It is disappointing to learn about these disturbing allegations as educators have a responsibility to be role models, and our children cannot be afraid to go to school in fear of sexual assault/s by an educator. Such incidents are regrettable and must not be allowed to prevail in our schools,” said Panyaza Lesufi, MEC for education.

 

Mapula Rammuki, the school’s principal, did not want to give any comment on the alleged incidents.

 

 

 

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