Learners allege sexual abuse

2017-08-31 06:01
Thandokhulu learners protested today, calling for the dismissal of a teacher they accuse of sexual assault. PHOTO: Ashraf Hendricks

Thandokhulu learners protested today, calling for the dismissal of a teacher they accuse of sexual assault. PHOTO: Ashraf Hendricks

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About 50 learners at Thandokhulu High School staged a protest on Monday demanding that a teacher they accuse of sexual assault be fired.

The learners, in grades eight, nine and 10, marched through the school grounds to the front of the school singing, chanting slogans and holding placards reading: “We are not safe.”

One of the learners said that in May, he and other choir members had slept at the school premises because of choir practice. Before he went to bed, the teacher had allegedly touched his private parts.

Later that night, when he was with the other boys in the room, the teacher had found him awake and ordered him to come to the staff room.

“But when I found there was only one mattress in the teacher’s room, I left and reported the incident to student leaders.”

The learner said he had also reported the incident to the deputy principal but had been told to “forget what happened”.

Another learner said the teacher had allegedly hit a learner with a strap. He said the learners had a video to prove the basis of their protest.

Western Cape Education Department spokesperson Jessica Shelver said has been referred to the relevant structures.

“The matter was referred to Labour Relations by the school principal, Mr De Villiers.

Labour Relations have confirmed that the educator was found not guilty of the allegations and the charges withdrawn.”

“The learners are reportedly protesting because they are not happy with the outcome,” she said.- GROUND UP

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