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A 16-year-old Limpopo girl is fighting for her life in hospital after a teacher allegedly forced her to have an abortion.
The Grade 11 pupil was admitted to hospital in Senwabarwana last Sunday.
The teacher, who is known to Sowetan, was allegedly dating the pupil earlier this year until she fell pregnant in July.
On being told she was pregnant, the teacher at the high school which the pupil also attends, allegedly gave her R300 and told her to skip classes for a week to have an abortion.
"Soon after the abortion, she complained of stomach aches and became weak and bled profusely," said the girl's uncle who cannot be identified.
"She was later rushed to hospital by her mother. We do not know whether she will make it or not," he said.
The girl's mother said yesterday that she had not been aware of the relationship. She said she only learnt about the pregnancy when the teacher sent some people to apologise for his actions.
"What upsets me most is the fact that the teacher is married," she said.
"All he wanted was to destroy the future of my little daughter. This is unbecoming.
"We cannot let people we trust to educate and raise our children as second parents to molest and doom their future," the mother said.
She said that since the incident her husband had kicked her out of their house.
"I am still weighing my options on whether to open a case of statutory rape and attempted murder or not against the teacher," she cried.
Provincial education department spokesperson Ndo Mangala said the department would investigate the matter and take action. He said "falling in love with a schoolgirl as a teacher" was a dismissible offence.