Ladysmith: No progress in ‘school toilet sex’ row

2011-04-19 00:00

THE KWAZULU-Natal Education Department is dragging its feet in resolving racist allegations against Ladysmith High school principal Dr Eitene Liversage.

There has been little progress, if any, in the six months since Liversage wrote to the parents of the school detailing how two learners were caught having sex in the toilets during school hours.

The mother of the girl (who was allowed to come back to the school after reports that she had been suspended indefinitely) said her daughter was given two sessions of counselling before school reopened this year.

“I don’t know who arranged that and the department never communicated it with me, but I allowed it to happen,” said the mother yesterday.

Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the department appointed a presiding officer and that a representative from the Ladysmith circuit has been asked to provide the department with the date of the hearing as a matter of priority.

In October last year The Witness reported that the girl, then in grade nine, and grade 12 boy were caught in the act by a prefect, who informed the principal.

The second paragraph of the letters sent out by the principal reads: “On Monday, October 18, two black learners [naming them], did not arrive at their respective classes after second break. Instead they met in a boys’ toilet where they engaged in sexual intercourse.

“This was a premeditated act as the boy brought a condom to school for this purpose.”

It is alleged that some pupils tore up the letters at the school gates.

The following day at the assembly, Liversage is alleged to have challenged the pupils who tore up the letters to come forward, stressing that he was talking to the “black learners”.

When none did so he allegedly told them that they were black cowards.

When contacted yesterday, Dr Liversage’s secretary, who identified herself as Mrs Uys said the principal has nothing to say because the matter has been resolved.







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