Teacher accused of molesting teen boy

Oyisa Sono, claims his foster-brother is abused by a teacher at his school.              PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko
Oyisa Sono, claims his foster-brother is abused by a teacher at his school. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

A Khayelitsha family has laid charges against a teacher they allege is abusive towards their adopted son.

The Sono family even written to the department of education to report the misconduct of the teacher.

According to them, the 10-year-old boy(who cannot be named), a pupil at Sosebenza Primary School is facing constant abuse by the teacher.

They say the teacher allegedly uses the fact of his adoption against the minor.

Oyisa Sono said they have exhausted all attempts to bring sense to the teacher.

“My mother tried to address the abuse several times, but it is still persisting. She (teacher) swears at him and calls him an orphan who does not deserve to be in the school.

Sometimes she abuses him physically and kicks him out of the class. He once had to sit in the toilets for the whole day because of the abuse.

We also approached the sector office of the department, but nothing came out of it,” he alleged.

Nonyameko Sono, the foster mother, who is also a teacher at the same school, said she has written a letter to the district office of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), in which she details the abuse.

The letter was written in June. Paddy Atwell, the Director of Communications at WCED, said: “Our district office is aware of these allegations. The department is investigating,”.

Captain Marcellus Rajap, for Corporate Communication Services at the Khayelitsha Police Station, has confirmed that a case of common assault was opened and that the suspect, 53, will make her first appearance at Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on 29 September.

In the letter, Nonyameko Sono claims that the boy started bunking school after the abuse started and that sometimes the teacher would allegedly shout during prayer meetings.

The letter states, in part: “On 1/06/2017 this boy was brought by a caretaker to my classroom while I was teaching telling me that he found him in the toilets.

This was not the first time Miss (name) doing this kind of treatment to this boy(sic). This child is not the only child being abused by (name) at this school, but because of the division that are happening at this school it was not easy for me to report these incidents to the principal(sic),” the letter reads.

Given that in the newscasts on radio and television, stories are emerging of teachers using strong arm methods against learners, which act is outlawed in the country’s constitution, why after two months the department has not taken any remedial action to protect the rights of one of its clients, a 10-year-old minor, from adult attacks and verbal abuse.

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