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A Mpumalanga high school teacher arrested for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old pupil is a free man, at least for now.
The teacher from Frank Maginyana High School in Ludlow village seemed confused on Friday when the court asked if he knew the girl. After paying R1000 bail before the Mhala magistrates' court in Thulamahashe, the teacher walked free. The case was postponed to June 19.
The teacher saidhe knew the grade 11 girl, but had nothing to do with the case. The court warned him he could explain himself at a later stage.
"Our investigators are now faced with the task of digging deep into the allegations that the accused had sex with a minor," said Mhala police spokesman Robert Makhubele yesterday.
The teacher allegedly previously told a delegation, sent by the girl's parents to his home, that he had repeatedly had sex with the girl, but had always used condoms. The pupil is now 16 years old
The girl's father told Sowetan that he was very angry because, even if the teacher had used condoms, he had no right to sleep with a minor who was his pupil.
"He says he used condoms with my daughter but that is beside the point; she was under age. I trust what my daughter tells me. Now that she is pregnant, I believe her when she says he is the father," said the girl's father.
Sowetan has learnt that in October last year the teacher spent two days with the pupil at Siswane Accommodation at Songeni village when he was supposed to be attending a course in Hazyview.
The school principal, Thomas Khoza, confirmed the girl was absent from school for the two days in question. He claimed education inspector Morris Mgiba called him to find out why the school had not sent a teacher on the course.
"I was surprised because I had sent a teacher. The matter is with the inspectors," said Khoza.
Meanwhile, a Sunday newspaper reported that 19 pupils claim to have had sex with the principal.
"The names of the girls should be given to the education department to investigate, because this is a blatant lie," Khoza said.