School owner who 'leaked' matric exam denied bail

2016-11-24 17:05
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Giyani - A Limpopo school owner and maths teacher who allegedly distributed a leaked matric question paper has been denied bail by the Giyani Magistrate's Court.

Tinyiko Khosa was remanded in custody until December 19 for further investigation. Khosa is the owner of New Era and Madzahisi independent colleges.

State prosecutor Martha Shiluvane successfully argued that Khosa was a dangerous person who should not be granted bail.

This after investigators testified that key witnesses who were students at Khosa's college were threatened after they were interviewed by the Hawks.

The court said it would be in the interests of justice for Khosa remain in custody pending investigations.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is to decide on Friday whether the pupils who benefited from the leaked maths exam paper will be eligible to rewrite.

"A report has been compiled and given to the minister. The minister will study and consider the report. We believe that on Friday she will make an announcement," department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said.

Results might be shelved

Pupils from Giyani and Malamulele have confessed to having had access to mathematics paper two days before they wrote the exam.

During the bail application at the Giyani Magistrate's Court, the investigating officer told the court that the leak was first noticed in Giyani. However, it emerged that Giyani may have been the end-point as Khosa allegedly distributed the paper at high schools elsewhere.

The department said the results of the affected pupils might be shelved. Pupils are due to complete their exams on Friday.

"What is likely to happen is that the results of the affected learners will be withheld until such time the investigation is complete," said Mhlanga.

The Hawks' investigation revealed that pupils in Giyani received the paper on WhatsApp, where they shared and discussed it. Pupils from Khosa's school allegedly had a hard copy of the paper.

It is alleged that a selected number of pupils were called to a private property where they were stripped of their cell phones and left to analyse the paper.

However, Khosa claims that it was an old examination paper.

When asked by the court why pupils were summoned to a private property and not to his school he claimed it was because it was "too hot".

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