Pupils want their bailed teacher back

2012-04-20 00:00

HOWICK’S Injoloba High School pupils went back to class yesterday after they embarked on a two day strike, demanding that a teacher accused of raping a 12-year-old pupil be reinstated.

“We want to know whether our teacher raped this girl or not. We want our teacher back,” said a pupil who asked to remain unnamed.

“We now don’t have a teacher and during his period we just bask in the sun and the principal hasn’t told us anything. We just saw newspaper articles saying our teacher raped a pupil,” another pupil told The Witness.

The Grade 8 victim was allegedly attacked around mid-morning on March 13. She had apparently been sent by another teacher to collect documents from the accused.

The defence submitted that the doctor’s examination of the girl, performed on the day the alleged rape took place, showed that no sexual penetration had taken place and that everything “seemed normal”.

Before granting the teacher, — who was arrested on the girl’s say-so — R1 500 bail on March 16, magistrate Mpume Mabaso said the state’s case was weak. “In my opinion there is no case,” she said, referring to the doctor’s report.

Police cars parked outside the school premises yesterday monitored the situation.

Police spokesperson Lolly Moodley said the rape case against the teacher was still under investigation. “We’re still waiting for everything to be completed. The principal was addressing the pupils this morning. The rape case is still pending,”

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