100+ sex complaints against teachers

2013-09-26 16:14

Cape Town - More than 100 complaints of sexual misconduct were laid against teachers last year, according to the SA Council for Educators [Sace].

In its 2012/13 annual report, tabled at Parliament on Thursday, the council said it received a total of 556 complaints for various "alleged offences or breaches" between 1 April last year and 30 March this year.

Of these, 104 were for "sexual misconduct, including rape".

The council was established in terms of the Sace Act. According to this legislation, no person is allowed to practise as a teacher in South Africa unless he or she is registered with the council.

Other categories of offences listed in the annual report, including the number of such complaints laid against teachers, are:

- Verbal abuse, victimisation, harassment and defamation: 83;
- Fraud, theft and financial mismanagement: 65;
- Racism: two;
- Corporal punishment and assault: 182;
- Unprofessional conduct, alcohol abuse, absenteeism and insubordination: 115;
- Negligence: nil; and,
- Murder: two.

27 teachers struck off roll

The council said 319 of the total 556 cases were "finalised in forms other than disciplinary hearings".

A total of 57 disciplinary cases were finalised over the 12-month period.

According to the report, 27 teachers were struck off the council's roll of educators indefinitely.

Yet another was struck off, but may re-apply after a certain period, and a further 28 were struck off, but the striking off was suspended for a certain period.

On the number of appeals received from those struck off, eight were from those struck off the roll indefinitely for sexual offences.

Of the eight, five were finalised and the appeals dismissed. The other three appeals had been postponed.

On dealing with abuse of pupils by teachers, the council said one of the biggest problems was the general lack of co-operation by the parents of the abused children.

Parents’ responsibility

Parents had refused council officials’ access to the abused children.

"In some case, the abusers would end up being referred to 'as sons-in-law'," the report states.

This practice had negatively affected the council's operations.

"[E]ach year we have a lot of sexual abuse cases that are being carried over into the next financial year because they could not be closed."

It said the battle against the abuse of pupils would not be won "until such time that parents take the responsibility to protect their children and to support the Sace cause".

  • FJ Cele - 2013-09-26 16:30

    To qualify as a teacher you should get a mark at school of 80%. They should be upstanding and outstanding individuals and paid accordingly. Not some of the scum we have now. Who dont have the mental capacity to see that education is more important than striking

      Xenswim1 - 2013-09-26 21:23

      A fair portion of these teachers are the direcxt result of the freedom before education programme.

      Carike Maley - 2013-09-27 00:56

      FJ, most definitely agree with you!

      Mattewis Kat - 2013-09-27 07:56

      Ah, the African mentality applied to western structure! In the EC where I worked decades ago, many African women had their "firstborns" as they call them at age 15! Thus comes as no surprise to me to see the "sons-in-law" reference. Debauchery and licentiousness was/is rife there.

  • Thabang Joseph Tshabalala - 2013-09-26 16:41

    Disgusting indeed why teachers feel so horney infront of our sisters instead of teaching them

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-09-26 16:43

    SADTU protects rapist teachers coz they are anc members

      Bongiwe Dlutu - 2013-09-26 16:54

      Not all teachers in South Africa are SADTU members.....and the Union has nothing to do with the abuse expecial when learners and parents do not report bt accept bribes

  • Bongiwe Dlutu - 2013-09-26 16:52

    I hate teachers who fall inlove with learners, and this is true parents do not report such incidents and many girls are pregnanted by teachers............the only thing teachers do is to comfort parents by paying damages (especial in rural areas) I think on the other hand, they are taking advantage because in many urban schools once a teacher fall inlove with a pupil,charges will be laid. I real real hate teachers who take advantage of our young sisters, having sex in exchange of ''pass-mark/monthly taxi fare/even clothes''.........Report report good people.

  • Ol Mabaso - 2013-09-26 17:22

    Shuga daddy mode? Just check those role models! Just check the values the young SAns who are bombarded with racism, sexism, porn, gangsters, drugs, poverty, indifferent ed dept, patriarchal society, no future...vacuum to be filled!

  • Slovania Samatota - 2013-09-26 17:34

    parents, teachers and sgb make sure u wrk together to rootout this animals in our schools.

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-09-26 17:58

    so hulee word dan geklassifiseer as onder wysers

  • Curiousm AllStar Mutjokoti Mathelemusa - 2013-09-26 18:02

    you must also blame bo jezabel

  • Siyabulela Lukwe - 2013-09-26 20:23

    SADTU has nothing to do with condoning rapes. Secondly, as a union, like any other union it HAS to defend its members even in cases where it knows the member has transgressed, this should not be read as condoning misconduct. I know of many times when the union reminds members not to be involved in disorderly, illegal and disgusting behavior. Are we also going to persecute lawyers for defending criminals? And by the way, where, in this report does it state that these teachers are SADTU members?

  • Hein Huyser - 2013-09-26 20:35

    Sex for a certificate, and we in the business world must make do. Viva la anc, viva

  • Kevin Seyffert - 2013-09-26 20:55

    While I certainly agree that unsuitable "teachers" need to kept far away from our children, I am also not so naive that I don't believe that many of the complaints against teachers are from badly disciplined pupils who are resentful of teachers who insist on discipline in the classroom.

  • Lebogang Motshwene - 2013-09-27 07:07

    I dnt think this skul kids wearing mini skirts is the cause of rapes this teachers have rotten minds to think this kids are seducing them, in my school days we used to wear mini skirts and there were no cases of rape i think kids should be left to enjoy their school years and not be forced by rapists they cal teachers to wear long skirts lyk grannies, kids play n want to feel good about themselves at school

  • Atholl Hay - 2013-09-27 07:59

    Interesting that the only movie banned in SA since 1994, On Good Report, was about an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and his under age pupil. This shows just how out of touch the authorities are. The ban was subsequently lifted after an appeal .... and a huge amount of free publicity!

  • Michael Nelson - 2013-09-27 10:20

    so Zoomer is moonlighting as a teacher now - go you multi-tasking athlete you!!!

  • Mbulelo Ndlovu - 2013-09-30 19:49

    This is becoming an ongoing struggle. Only 100 cases are reported as shocking as that sounds,there are so many cases that go on unreported! Why can't we educate both learners and teachers to report such misconducts! Parents send their children to school with the utopia that the latter are in safe hands only to find out, its the direct opposite! What happened to our society? Why are people so crude though? These children are young and vulnerable gosh, this is pathetic

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