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Teacher 'raped and impregnated' young pupil

By unknown | Jan 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

An Mpumalanga high school deputy principal has appeared in court accused of raping and impregnating a 13-year-old pupil from a high school where he used to teach.

Lazarus Silinda, 40, the deputy principal of Mzangedwa High School at Sibambayane village near Bushbuckridge, is out on R1000 bail after appearing in the Mapulaneng magistrates' court last week.

He is expected to appear again on February 20 pending further police investigations.

"We can't tolerate situations where teachers, who are supposed to be the guardians of our children, end up sexually abusing them. We are continuing with further investigations," said Mopani police spokes-man, Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe yesterday.

Silinda allegedly raped the grade 8 pupil in the nearby Dwarsloop township on several occasions while he was a teacher and resident in the township.

He took up his appointment to Mzangedwa High School shortly after last year's winter school holidays, but police claim he allegedly continued raping the child and bribing her with money after he had left the school that she attends

Meanwhile, a second educator from another school in the nearby Shatale township is expected to appear in the Mapulaneng magistrates' court today on charges of allegedly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter.

The teacher, whose identity may not be published to protect the victim's identity, allegedly raped the child in July while her mother was away from home attending a study course. The man is out on bail of R5000

At his previous court appearance last year, members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) staged a protest outside the court against his being granted bail.

"We are going back to the court until the man receives what he deserves," said Limpopo provincial TAC coordinator, Patricia Maditse, yesterday.


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