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The Mpumalanga education department has lifted the suspension on a school principal accused of being romantically involved with his students.
Thomas Khoza, principal of Frank Maginyana High school, at Ludlow village in Bushbuckridge, is, however, not off the hook yet.
The department yesterday said investigations against Khoza were continuing.
Khoza was suspended in May on full pay together with one of his teachers who is accused of impregnating a 16-year-old Grade 10 student. The girl gave birth to a baby boy on June 19.
Khoza, who resumed his duties yesterday, said: "I have been telling people that I was being crucified like Jesus Christ and they did not want to believe me. To me the latest developments clearly show that the department has found nothing against me."
The letter from the department said Khoza was suspended because investigators believed he could interfere with witnesses if he had been allowed to continue working.
"The stipulated period to allow investigators to do their work without the possibility of the suspended official being at the school has expired.
"This is why the department has lifted the suspension, but investigations continue against him," said Mpumalanga education spokesman Hlahla Ngwenya yesterday.
A teacher who was suspended together with Khoza remains suspended because he also faces a statutory rape charge after a pregnant student said he was the father of her unborn child. The baby had not been born at the time of his arrest.
The teacher appeared before the Mhala magistrates' court yesterday and the case was postponed to August 31. His R1000 bail was extended.
The student's father laid the charges against the teacher after he allegedly denied having impregnated the girl, claiming he always used condoms when he had sex with her.
Both the principal and teacher were accused of keeping a mattress in the staff room for the alleged sex romps.
Ngwenya said the teacher would remain suspended pending the outcome of the court case.