Three Oudtshoorn pupils may be expelled for sex video

2011-11-07 10:56

Western Cape education authorities are considering expelling three Oudtshoorn High School pupils for allegedly making a sex video.

“A disciplinary hearing was held and the school governing body has made the recommendation... that the three learners be expelled,” provincial education spokesperson Bronagh Casey said today.

“The head of department’s office has received the documents from the school governing body and is now processing the recommendation.”

Casey said the head of department would make the final decision on whether the pupils should be expelled. The pupils were arrested last month after the a cellphone video clip was shown around the school.

The boys – aged 16, 17 and 18 – were found guilty of serious misconduct in a school disciplinary hearing, but continued to attend school pending a final decision from the department.The oldest boy is writing his matric exams.

Two of the boys allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl while the third filmed them.They will appear in the Oudtshoorn Magistrates’ Court on December 2 on charges of statutory rape.

A fourth boy, also 17, will appear on charges of manufacturing and distributing child pornography. There were reportedly two incidents, one in May and another in September, on the hostel grounds and at the De Jager sporting complex.

Oudtshoorn police spokesperson Louis Visser told the Cape Times newspaper that teachers had heard about the sex video and informed the girl’s parents, who laid the charges.

Police said the cellphone had been confiscated and sent for forensic testing. “We want to bring it to the children’s attention that statutory rape is a serious complaint,” Visser said.

“Even if the girl gave her permission (to have sex and to be filmed), it remains a criminal offence.”

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