Detained teacher found hanged

2011-03-02 00:00

AN Umzinto teacher, Vixon Prakash Govender (40) of Park Rynie, who was arrested by Umzinto SAPF detectives on Friday on a charge of fraud, was found hanging from the cell bars in a holding cell at Scottburgh police station in what appears to be a suicide.

Umzinto primary school St Patrick’s was allegedly defrauded of funds between 2008 and 2010.

A case of fraud was opened for investigation with the Umzinto police about two weeks ago.

Govender was arrested at the Schola Amoris School in Umzinto and detained in a holding cell, while his attorney liaised with the investigating officer to have him released on bail.

It is reported that Govender was remorseful and regretted his actions to the extent that he made certain admissions and also undertook a decision to repay the money to the school.

He had already deposited an undisclosed amount into the school bank account.

The scene was visited by an official of the Independent Complaints Directorate.

A post-mortem was conducted on the same afternoon at the Scottburgh State Mortuary.

No foul play is suspected. An inquest docket has been opened for investigation.

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