Hostile crowd for principal

2012-11-08 00:00

A SOUTH Coast primary school principal faced a packed and hostile gallery when he appeared in Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court yesterday on multiple charges of rape and sexual molestation.

The 44-year-old man allegedly targeted schoolgirls in their mid-teens over a period of two years.

He was not asked to plead by magistrate Christiaan Schoeman and elected to appoint his own lawyers within a few days.

He also decided against a formal bail application, and when Schoeman remanded him in custody at Umzinto Prison, the crowd hooted its approval.

Neatly dressed in a red-and-white striped shirt and light coloured slacks, the principal strolled unfazed from the dock under the angry gaze of the crowd while pausing to receive a banknote from a well-wisher.

Court papers reveal he faces at least eight charges alleging incidents involving rape and molestation of teenage pupils from 2010 to September 2012.

The girls are all from a senior primary school near Umkomaas.

Before the court appearance, a large crowd demonstrated outside with banners and posters proclaiming “Ideal men do not abuse children”.

Protesters swept into court with ANC Women’s League and ANC Youth League banners prominent. Ugu Mayor Ntombifikile Gumede and representatives of the anti-rape organisation, Bobby Bear, in Amanzimtoti were present.

The hearing was adjourned to November 12.

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