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The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in Tzaneen, Limpopo, has suspended its secretary for Letsitele branch, accused of raping two pupils from his school.
Fana Freddy Rikhotso, 36, of Cata High School in Mafarane village near Letsitele, has been forced to stay away from Sadtu's offices to allow for further investigations into his conduct.
Yesterday Sadtu instructed Rikhotso not to report to its offices or to engage in any of its activities until investigations were completed.
Rikhotso was arrested in June after two pupils from his school accused him of rape.
The two Grade 9 sisters, aged 14 and 16, returned home on Saturday morning, still in their school uniforms, having left for school the previous day. This happened in June this year.
Their parents reprimanded them for spending a night out and demanded to know where they had slept.
The girls told their mother about their ordeal, who then reported the matter to the police.
They told the police that Rikhotso took them to Sadtu offices in Tzaneen where he asked them to clean the premises.
The girls said after they had finished cleaning, Rikhotso took them to his house and allegedly raped them.
Sadtu chairman for Mopani district, Ronny Morwatshehla, confirmed the union had asked Rikhotso to stay away from its offices.
Ndo Mangala, spokesman for department of education, also confirmed Rikhotso's suspension pending further investigations.