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Suspend Sex scandAl principal - COSAS

By unknown | May 13, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The Congress of SA Students has called for the suspension of the Makhumbuza High School principal and the Umlazi community expects the education department to suspend two more teachers linked to the sex orgy scandal that has rocked the school.

Five teachers have been suspended following the department's investigation by a task team appointed to probe the incident.

Twenty pupils, some as young as 14, broke the silence two weeks ago when they reported to education officials that teachers were paying them R100 in exchange for sexual favours. On some occasions they were given alcohol.

Within hours of the story being made public the KwaZulu-Natal education department stepped in and suspended five teachers.

Days later police confirmed that the parents of three minors had laid charges of rape against the five teachers.

Police spokesperson Buhle Ntombela said the investigation was at an advanced stage.

"We have submitted the docket and the victims' statements. We're awaiting the public prosecutor's decision."

Ntombela said police had heard that two more teachers had been linked to the case but said this was an internal department matter.

"We can intervene only once a criminal charge has been laid."

Police are monitoring the situation since a victim fled from the school after receiving death threats, allegedly from one of the suspended teachers.

"No child will be moved from the school until the investigation is complete," said an irate parent who declined to be named.

Cosas secretary Bhekisisa Shabane said the scandal had been going on for years and that the principal had been aware of it.

"The teachers implicated must be fired and face criminal charges. We will make sure they go to jail."

Asked about allegations that two more teachers were involved, Umlazi district director Mlu Ntombela said only that investigations were continuing. He said the task team's preliminary report was expected by Friday and it would reveal whether the teachers implicated were guilty and whether others were implicated.


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