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The fallout from a News24/My Only Story live investigation has deepened, with yet another water polo coach suspended in the last week.
In the fifth episode of the My Only Story: Back to School podcast, we reveal the identity of the coach suspended by the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG).
The allegations against the water polo coach surfaced after young women became aware of the News24/My Only Story investigation into David Mackenzie, and they reported the allegations to an adult. The five young women, who were minors during the time of the alleged incidents, spoke out about their uncomfortable experiences with the teacher.
The names of the young women and adults involved will not be disclosed to protect their identities.
On Wednesday, DSG confirmed to News24 the educator was placed on precautionary suspension. A leading South African law firm was appointed to advise it on the allegations which News24 brought to its attention.
Over several weeks, the podcast series revealed that Mackenzie had improper relations with pupils at St Andrew's College (SAC) in Makhanda.
News24 and My Only Story uncovered a consistent pattern of inappropriate behaviour by Mackenzie through more than 80 000 WhatsApp messages sent by him to scores of schoolboys he coached, fellow teachers, coaches and parents of pupils at SAC.
Following the investigation, Mackenzie was dismissed by Reddam House Bedfordview, in Johannesburg, where he was employed.
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