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Teacher 'molested' his pupils at past school

By Mogomotsi Selebi | Oct 22, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 40 ]

A TEACHER previously fired for sexually assaulting his pupils is now under investigation for a similar offence in his new school.

The teacher, whose name is known to Sowetan, taught at a school in Swartruggens, North West. He resigned last week following fresh allegations that he had sexually assaulted pupils at the school.

The 49-year-old teacher is currently being investigated by the department after a number of pupils complained about him.

North West department of education spokeswoman Bayanda Zenzile confirmed the investigation.

"The teacher has indeed resigned over sexual assault claims. The matter is with our labour unit and we shall wait on the findings, which we anticipate shall be soon."

Regarding the teacher's previous conviction, Zenzile said: "He was charged of a similar claim at a previous school and was dismissed."

Asked why there was no background check on the teacher before he was employed at the current school, Zenzile said that would only become clear once all the investigations had been concluded.

Themba Ndlhovu, from the South African Council of Educators, said he was hopeful there would be a speedier process of recording sex offenders on their website.

He said while some provincial education departments were cooperative, others were still slow in reporting teachers who abused pupils.

"We have not received full cooperation from some [provincial] departments. They are supposed to inform us about such teachers. KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Mpumalanga have been cooperative, but others not so much."

Thabo Sematle, of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union in North West, said such cases "bedevil" the department and the union.

"It is things such as these which continue to embarrass us. We certainly do not expect this from a teacher, someone who is supposed to be a parent to the learners."

He also took a swipe at the education department, saying more could have been done to prevent the situation from happening.

"It's the department's carelessness in their handling of this matter. It exposes a lack of planning to track down their employees."

- selebim@sowetan.co.za

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Rubbish is what is in his mind

Oct 22, 2012 7:9 | 0 replies

oldlady12

If his reason for leaving was 'resignation'?

Oct 22, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies

I wonder why was he not arrested on the first offense. Very sad, feel sorry for the poor kids he molested.

Oct 22, 2012 10:13 | 0 replies

oldlady: Seems like no-one thought of asking for it. A few R100 notes worked a lot better. Could be read even by a semi-literate administrator.

Oct 22, 2012 10:11 | 0 replies

What happened to service certificates that were always given in government institutions when a person leaves his job? This certificate used to state the duration you worker there, your last position, and your reason for leaving. You could not be employed again unless you produced this certificate.

Oct 22, 2012 10:8 | 0 replies

Blackconsciousness - "Its like hiring a guy convicted of fraud as a financial manager."

Or making him president of the country.

Oct 22, 2012 10:8 | 0 replies

Seriously hw can a teacher tht was fired fo an offence of tht nature still get a job of work with kids? Its like hiring a guy convicted of fraud as a financial manager. Our country is going to the dogs.

Oct 22, 2012 10:6 | 0 replies

@sechaba30
Rubbish is what is in his mind
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I think also in his pants.

Oct 22, 2012 9:56 | 0 replies

This is totally unacceptable especially from a teacher whom we regard to be our children's parent at
school. Manyala fela ntho tse kaofela..*embarassed*

Oct 22, 2012 9:47 | 0 replies

IN BHUKULANI SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, THERE'S A TEACHER WHO'S BUSY JOLING WITH THE LITTLE ONE'S, WORSE EVEN PARTYING WITH THEM, HE'S STILL GETTING AWAY WITH CAUSE NO ONE HAS COME FORWARD FRM THESE KIDS............SOME TEACHERS DON'T RESPECT THEMSELFES

Oct 22, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

MommaC, the department's personnel section would put in the reason, and if they fired him for sexual abuse, they'd have to put in the code for fired.

Oct 22, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies