THE lawyer representing four teachers found not guilty by an independent probe into the sex scandal at Makhumbuza High School in Umlazi wants his clients back in class.
On Monday, the South African Council for Educators (Sace) announced that of the five teachers implicated in the case, it had only found one teacher guilty and struck him off the roll - banning him for life from practising as a teacher.
Charges against the other four were dropped after they were found not guilty due to lack of evidence as the victims did not come forward to testify against them.
Lawyer George Moloko yesterday said that he was pleased with the outcome as he felt his clients had been wrongfully accused.
"Clearly some people were misguided by this whole thing," he said.
"But we knew as far back as September that they were not guilty and we don't know why they were implicated."
About 13 pupils pressed charges of sexual harassment against the teachers.
One teacher was arrested after police were convinced they could prosecute on the evidence they had and a criminal trial on rape and other charges continues.
At the time the department suspended the teachers with full pay though an internal inquiry had found the four teachers not guilty of sexual harassment charges.
The teachers' future in the teaching profession still depended on the verdict of the Sace investigation, which probed charges of misconduct.
Moloko said a letter calling for the lifting of the departmental suspension has been delivered to the department.
"In light of the outcome we are asking that the department lifts the suspensions against them within 14 days."
Meanwhile, the National Teacher's Union (Natu) welcomed the Sace blacklisting of the "sex pest".
Natu spokesperson Alan Thompson said: "We viewed the allegations in a serious light. Educators are there to protect the learners and act as their parents.
"It is unacceptable when teachers cross the line."
The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) said it did not support teachers having sexual relations with their pupils.
Sadtu's Durban South region chairperson Lucky Cele said: "Teachers must only touch the minds and hearts of the learners, nothing else".
The KwaZulu-Natal department of education is still to comment on the matter.