School asks ex-counsellor’s supporters to stay away

2016-07-25 11:32
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Pietermaritzburg - Four teachers who allegedly showed support for a former Pietermaritzburg school counsellor charged with sexually molesting young pupils have been requested to stay away from school pending an investigation.

The chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB) told The Witness via e-mail at the weekend that the teachers had been asked to stay away.

It is unclear, however, if the school has suspended the teachers. Attempts to get clarity on the issue from the chairperson were unsuccessful yesterday.

Meanwhile, reports that teachers from the school who had supported the counsellor had been suspended, also surfaced online.

KZN Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said that teachers at school had not been suspended and investigations into the school by the department were ongoing.

The counsellor was arrested on June 24 after allegations surfaced of him raping two primary school pupils.

Other pupils thereafter also reported alleged abuse and two further charges of sexual abuse were added to the counsellor’s charge sheet in court.

On July 18, a Pietermaritzburg magistrate refused to grant the 32-year-old former counsellor bail in the case.

It has since been revealed that the counsellor was employed by the school without proper background checks being followed.The Witness confirmed he was not registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) when he was employed.

At the man’s first court hearing on July 27, a group of about 10 men and women who attended did not make any secret of the fact that they were there to support the counsellor, although they did not want to disclose their identities or interest in the matter when asked. — Witness Reporter.

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