Teacher accused of rape

2012-03-15 00:00

A HOWICK teacher allegedly raped a 12-year-old pupil during school hours on Tuesday.

Lolly Moodley, police spokesperson in the Howick area, said the teacher was in police custody and would appear in the Howick Magistrate’s Court again today.

The victim, a Grade 8 pupil, was allegedly attacked around mid-morning.

She had apparently been sent by another teacher to collect documents from the accused.

A source told The Witness she was raped when she was supposed to have been writing a test.

She reported the matter to one of her teachers, who in turn informed the principal who called the police. The teacher was then arrested.

A shocked Themba Ndlovu of the South African Council for Educators said he was not aware of the incident.

“We will conduct an investigation and based on the findings we will take the necessary steps.

“This is a priority case for us, and if he is found to have committed this crime he must lose his job,” said Ndlovu.

Mbali Thusi, spokesperson for the Education Department, said the teacher could face suspension pending the outcome of a criminal case.

She said they have organised counselling for the child, but she was not sure whether the child had returned to school.

“The accused teacher is not in school, but we are not sure if the child has returned.”

The principal declined to comment on the matter and directed all questions to the department.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said his department was working hard to rid the department of teachers who misbehaved and tarnished its name.

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