A school governing body has accused the Limpopo education department of passing the buck regarding a school teacher convicted and sentenced on four counts of indecent assault.
The school governing body (SGB) at PP Hlungwani High in Malamulele on Thursday discussed a request from the department that it again accept the man - now released on parole - as a teacher at the school.
SGB chairman Phineas Maluleke said: "We find it strange because we are not the ones who employed the teacher. They should just take a decision without asking the SGB to make a decision."
The SGB has referred the matter to the parents who will discuss it in a few days time, he said.
This is the sequel to the saga two years ago when Charmaine Masungwini was convicted on four counts of indecent assault after he was found to have sodomised a pupil at the school.
The Malamulele magistrates' court sentenced him to one year imprisonment for each count, but the sentences did not run concurrently. He has been released on parole under correctional supervision after spending almost two years at Matatshe prison in Thohoyandou.
Masungwini refused to talk to Sowetan , saying he was busy, but would be ready to give a full interview on Thursday.
Education department spokesman Ndo Mangale said any teacher imprisoned on a case of sexual molestation faced dismissal.
"I will investigate if there are compelling reasons for the department to reinstate him," he said.