WHAT SACE SHOULD DO TO SEX OFFENDERS
According to the department of basic education, a teacher found to have sexually harassed pupils may be charged with misconduct in terms of the Employment of Educators Act No 76 of 1998.
“The educator may be disciplined in terms of the Code of Good Conduct of the South African Council for Educators No 31 of 2000 and may be deregistered from the Sace if found guilty,” the department’s website says.
“Section 17 of the Education Laws Amendment Act (No 53 of 2000) provides that a teacher must be dismissed if he or she is found guilty of, among other things: committing an act of sexual assault on a learner, student or other employee, having a sexual relationship with a learner of the school where he or she is employed or being found guilty of serious assault, regardless of the age of the learner.”
The department further states that sexual relations between any teacher and pupil are totally forbidden even if the pupil consents and is over the age of 16.
In addition, teachers and school managers have a legal and ethical duty to report any sexual abuse or misconduct happening at a school.
Last year, City Press reported that Sace, which imposed lifetime bans on 170 teachers across the country in the past two years for sexual offences, called for the establishment of a single database of blacklisted teachers who committed sexual offences.
MEC Mandla Makupula