Motshekga: Sex pest teachers still in class

2013-03-15 08:42

Johannesburg - Forty-five percent of teachers found guilty of sexual misconduct against pupils are still allowed to teach, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that this had been revealed by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in an oral reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance.

Motshekga said 136 teachers were found guilty of sexual abuse-related cases between 2009 and 2012.

Of these, only 62 had been struck off the teachers' register.

The others were suspended for a certain period, on condition they were not found guilty of misconduct during their suspension.

Meanwhile a KwaZulu-Natal department of education official has accused parents of accepting bribes from sex pest teachers in exchange for having child sex abuse charges withdrawn.

Sihle Mlotshwa, a KZN education department spokesperson told the Daily News: "Once they receive the money, the parents will refuse to co-operate.

"What we also find is that there are parents who take pride in the fact that their children are dating teachers. So in most cases, parents are the problem in cases going forward."

Mlotshwa said it was parents from disadvantaged backgrounds that accepted the bribes.

Mlotshwa said the department had been unaware that a teacher who had been convicted and sentenced for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old schoolgirl five years ago, had again started teaching at a different school.

The matter was brought to the attention of the public protector and resulted in the teacher’s dismissal.

The teacher had been given a suspended sentence.

A parent at the school raised the alarm, sending the public protector a copy of the charge sheet.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2013-03-15 08:47

    Time for a new Minister of Education!!!!It is a disgrace and utterly negligent.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-15 08:58

      Is she bragging or confessing? This is mind-blowing. Sick, sick society...

      Croix Mactee - 2013-03-15 09:11

      When will this fool just Pi$$ off out of our lives? You're the bloody minister - these statements are a DIRECT INDICTMENT against you, motslapgat! - 2013-03-15 09:17

      Parents are 'prostituting' their kids to teachers (accepting money for sexual favours)... how disgraceful and shameful is THAT??

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-03-15 09:34

      Minister, and who is to blame for this, YOU maybe, what's the difference the useless ANC would just replace you with an equally useless cadre.

      John Loveland - 2013-03-15 09:38

      Talk about shifting the blame ... its not the teachers or the Department, its the parents who to blame... What trash

      Gieljam Gomtor - 2013-03-15 10:15

      No wonder their are 40,000-00 reported girls with bloated stomachs that look as if they have swallowed a Water Mellon.

      Tshepho James - 2013-03-15 10:23

      Lets face the true, If those teachers where expelled\ taken out of the jop, who was going to teach the pupils? Still your were still going to blame it on government isn't? So talk to your kids parents please.

  • Itumeleng Mogaki - 2013-03-15 08:55

    What is this woman still doing at the helm of our children's education?

      Sue Heymans - 2013-03-15 10:33

      Well done girls!!!! Your domestic deserves a raise for having had the cell phone and alarm remote at hand!!!!

  • CraigJoseph - 2013-03-15 08:58

    Well as minister of basic education it is YOUR duty to make sure this doesn't happen. But once again, you won't be held accountable because you will divert the blame to all and sundry (heck even apartheid).

      Charci Moll - 2013-03-15 10:14

      The 'department' doesn’t know that a teacher convicted of sexual assault has begun teaching again. Maybe the head of the department could speak and take responsibility about this instead of some spokesperson.

  • NicolasGombert - 2013-03-15 09:00

    Why weren't they charged criminally as well? Child molestation is a criminal offence and if you don't report it, you are just as guilty! Obviously the department has decided (with the help of SADTU) to keep things internally. Shame on you!

  • AgSies Man - 2013-03-15 09:02

    Where is the Child Protection Register?????

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-15 09:47

      Where is the Sex Offenders' Register? And the DNA data bank? And, and, and...?

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-15 10:20

      Why is the molester of a 9 year old allowed back into society?

  • werner.coetzer.311 - 2013-03-15 09:05

    OK, as I understand it there is teachers who is accused of this and then its withdrawn because they bribe the parents... how does this correlate to the fact that only 62 of the 136 who WERE found guilty is stricken from the registry, leaving 70 guilty teachers (which amounts to 70%, not 45%) that may still teach?

      werner.coetzer.311 - 2013-03-15 09:14

      oops almost as bad as she is with maths.... 56% - 2013-03-15 09:16

      Jissie werner ... that math?? 136 were found guilty, 62 are gone ... that leaves 74 still teaching ... which means 54% of the guilty lot are still at school ....

      werner.coetzer.311 - 2013-03-15 09:46

      true.... geez...but still,the other point

  • Marc Ross - 2013-03-15 09:11

    Reported on this site yesterday: 28% of schoolgirls in SA HIV positive. The reported cause is the CULTURE of Sugar Daddies.(AKA chid prostitution and statutory rape) How many teachers found guilty of drunkeness, absenteeism, physical abuse are still teaching? Are we willing to live in a country where this is accepted? And the goverment does nothing. VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDANT WESTERN CAPE.

  • Vanessa Asari - 2013-03-15 09:22

    Hi Yesbthe time as come all public servants who do not do thier job in the manner it should must take the boot.They eat up tax money and think that they are doing us a favour.Plse investigate schools is lenasia/ lenasia south.Teachers collect moneyt from pupils R5.00 To report to school with out the school uniform on a friday.Who is keeping acc of all the R5.00 collected in the schools.Why is the school having the own funding with nothing to proof for it.Some teachers do not know how to speak is teaching our children.Plse also investigate the police stations in Lenasia/ lenasia south.The police are very rude they sit at shopping centres fast asleep in thier police vans.Something needs to be done about this because our childrens future will be effected.

  • willem.steyn.33 - 2013-03-15 09:24

    Dear MINISTA ANGIE: You are a complete and utter bumbling idiot. Please rather just resign and find a job as a dishwasher somewhere.

  • Tracey Pierdica - 2013-03-15 09:25

    "So in most cases, parents are the problem in cases going forward."" Going forward ???? Mmm

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2013-03-15 09:27

    Is there one South African public service department that is not failing on a major level? Someone give me some hope for our country

      Victor Luiz - 2013-03-15 09:41

      Parliament. Look at our MPs, 30 years ago they were either in jail, in exile or in the townships throwing stones at cops. Now they drive BMs, live in multi-million rand houses and wear suits worth more than the majorities annual incomme. That's a success, right?

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-15 09:49

      SARS are efficient as bankers for the ANC...

      WILLIAM2012 - 2013-03-15 10:26

      JO Davies, there is no hope for this country!!, not while the ANC is in power. everything that a good South African has worked for,for so long is now in turmoil. Zuma, has lost control of his government, and the ANC are and will always be a bunch of thieves and you name it's. God save South Africa!!!

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-03-15 13:02

      Thanks for the smile Victor. Very true!

  • tina.schilling1 - 2013-03-15 09:29

    And may I ask, with tears in my eyes...if she knew of these pests why oh why on earth do they still work for her?? This is just typical of the entire SA attitude towards does pay, you don't even get a slap on the wrist! We need a better type of person trained correctly, with the better moral attitude in the police force/more detectives/more forensic labs, more lawyers, more courts

  • Continental04 - 2013-03-15 09:32

    Disadvantaged families??? You a the one disadvantaged Minister cause you dont have brain.

  • Saint-Mthokozisi Ntenga - 2013-03-15 09:36

    WTF! There r some parents who r proud their daughter is sleeping with a teacher? whats there to be proud of? Get all these danger men out of our schools and away from our kids.

  • issa.kabudula - 2013-03-15 09:43

    Johannesburg - Forty-five percent of teachers found guilty of sexual misconduct against pupils are still allowed to teach, according to a report on Friday. This means - every 100 teachers 40 of them are quilty of sexual harasing their own students I call this "cultural decay" and it need early medication if injections can do please introduce them to these teachers coz they wont stop its a habit and they feel good when doing it. Parents taking part in cerebrating their daughters of dating teacher to be part of life and forgetting the future of their kids deserve punishment.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-15 10:19

      No quite. 45% of those found guilty, not 45% of all teachers.

  • WILLIAM2012 - 2013-03-15 09:51

    This Motshekga woman, not only looks like a retard every time i see her, her teeth and that dumb look on her face gives me the creep's!!!! and she's the minister of education no wander the teachers are doing what they like, having sex with minors, selling drugs to children, paying parents to drop charges against them, and all in the name of education. what a f%$%up!!!!!!

  • Briana Scott - 2013-03-15 09:53

    What a flipprn Shocker - oh no, actually this is SA, anything is possible. Disgusting.

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-03-15 09:54

    Its time for the ugly lady to go period.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-03-15 10:11

      And take her ugly ANC party with her.

  • Lilly Phogole - 2013-03-15 09:58

    Speechless except to say ANC government is failing its people. They have leaders who condemns and reports on issues but dont have a clue on how to sort them cus they have stupid people on high and sensitive positions who cant even speak proper English let alone thinking strategically.frm presidential position down all they do is to condem and get shocked but actioning nothing.

  • Bruce Boome - 2013-03-15 10:01

    It's hard to believe that these things happen. Having sex with your pupils is a betrayel of the school, the parents, society, the whole school system and yourself. This is a disgrace. No second chance for paedophiles.

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-15 10:04

    OK the minister is struggling to be credible! Now go to the real problem, not the symptoms. The real problem is the value system by which so many people live their lives. Listen to what the minister says about the parent's involvement. It reminds me of yesterday's Health 24 report about almost one third of SA schoolgirls being HIV positive, and pointing to adult males as the cause. Then think about the habits of protesters, taxi drivers, civil servants, parastatal leaders etc etc etc..... There is a fundamental problem. SELF INTEREST driven by a value system that is anti-social or just not there at all. The country's leaders are not doing enough to tell this like it is and get down to fixing it...let alone setting an example of the high ground. A good start would be for parliament to embrace and develop the ongoing academic work on drivers of antisocial behaviour (eg catechol-O-methyltransferase)and to do this keeping in mind the possibility of genetic distribution. So yes, Motshekga is a problem , but very far from being the entire problem.

  • Lucky Luke - 2013-03-15 10:09

    link this stat to the register, or lack thereof, reported by the "minister" of children etc yesterday and the outlook for the kids of this country is very bleak. to boot these are 2 women/mothers in charge who are abandoning the children! how disgraceful.

  • Mia Martens - 2013-03-15 10:10

    A harder line should be drawn with sexual misconduct amongst teachers. This is a symptom of something far bigger and should be on the same scandelous behaviour as with the roman cathelic church. Where do we draw the line?

  • Tshepho James - 2013-03-15 10:11

    Lets face the true, If the teachers where dispeled\ no longer allowed to teach, who will teach the pupils at school. we wher going to blame the government again isn't? So talk to your children please.

  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2013-03-15 10:12

    oh oh oh here we go again They say education is a key. But teachers are stuborn lockpads. . SEX APPEAL

  • Eterni80 - 2013-03-15 10:13

    why does this surprise anyone ? the only thing the ANC care about is our tax money which they see as their personal spending account keep 'em dumb, easier to stay in power

  • Olubunmi Anike Binitie - 2013-03-15 10:18


  • Pitso Dlungwana - 2013-03-15 10:27

    Angie please do us a favor just resign please! too much damage you already done.

  • Sue Heymans - 2013-03-15 10:29

    What is WRONG with this department??? No wonder there is so much violence against women as the kids are clearly taught at school that this is acceptanle behaviour? At least put these teachers on probation and the kids out of harms way while the case is investigated.

  • Sello Motlogeloa - 2013-03-15 11:00

    There we go again. Shifting goal posts. As SADTU we still call for her resignation. She is useless. Phambili ngo mzabalazo.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-15 11:12

    Those teachers have nothing to fear, Angie is still trying to figure out how to provide pupils with school books. She doesn't have to hurry, the cabinet is right behind her.

  • david.luis.9822924 - 2013-03-15 11:33

    Sex pest teachers should be jailed for life!!!!!!!! and a minister that allows even one such monster to remain in class instead of being prosecuted must be fired and prosecuted for conspiracy with these monsters!!!

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-03-15 11:35

    Home schooling here we come!

  • Pitso Dlungwana - 2013-03-15 12:39

    Angie just go away..........

  • Paulo Teixeira - 2013-03-15 12:49

    i suspect if no one told her that this is bad she probably would think it was fine. shame versus guilt.....cry the beloved

  • Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-15 14:17

    Let us remember that teachers are in short supply worldwide and that teaching is a calling and not a career that pays particularly well. Angie on the other hand together with her boss JZ who has been re-elected at Mangaung are sitting pretty and her kids are probably in private schools. Of course isn't her husband also the Chief Whip or something for the ANC?

  • Shane Seaman - 2013-03-19 10:54

    I must be clear, what these teachers are doing is a disgrace. But it also brings to mind that it takes two to tango. Is this a case where the young girls are also being promiscuous and encouraging this kind of behavior. I have also read that the girls like the "gifts" which they get in the form of money, cellphones and whatever. This can also be a result of both parents having to work and not enough direct attention at home as well as instilling good morals, manners and principals? This is not just simply a matter of blaming the teachers (although they are in the wrong).

  • Pierch Kara - 2013-10-07 08:53

    my neighbor's mother-in-law makes $79 hourly on the laptop. She has been fired from work for ten months but last month her paycheck was $19124 just working on the laptop for a few hours. try here

  • Mongezile Ntsulela - 2013-10-08 04:39

    They are useless

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