Principal 'ignored sex claims'

2009-05-04 00:00

One of the young girls involved in the Makhumbuza High School sex scandal alleges that the principal there chased them away when they tried to report the matter to him.

She also fears that the five suspended teachers will return to the troubled school.

The Education Department suspended the five teachers from the Umlazi school after a group of girls accused them of buying sex with money and clothes.

The girls, some as young as 14, reported the matter to Umlazi’s district director, Mlungisi Ntombela, who is handling the internal investigation into the allegations.

The group said the teachers would pay the girls R100 after having sex with them in the school’s science laboratory. It is believed that most of the sex sessions happened during extra lessons that were given before school.

The grade 9 pupil, who did not want to be named, told The Witness that she had a brief encounter with one of the suspended teachers in early March.

“He spoke to me nicely and told me that I was very pretty. He said he knew that I was very intelligent and wanted to help with my work,” she said.

The teacher held early morning lessons for pupils who wanted extra tuition in science. “It happened in the lab. Lots of girls used to go there too. I knew that it was wrong, but he always gave me money afterwards. I never had that much money before, so it felt good.”

She said she spoke to other girls who had also been having sex with the teachers, and heard that some were “in love” with the teachers.

“I felt sorry for them. These men were very nice to us so it would be easy to love them. Things got scary when we heard that someone was pregnant. Then we decided to talk about it,” she said.

The girl, who was clearly nervous, said her biggest fear is that the teachers will return to teach at the school. She said all the girls are worried because no one believed them when they reported the matter to school management in early April.

The principal allegedly told the girls to “go away”.

They also told the Representative Council of Learners.

“Last week, we held a protest because we wanted them to listen to us,” she said.

“The whole school knows who reported the teachers. [The teachers] will be very angry when they get back to school. I won’t be able to attend this school again.”

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