Rape-ac­cused teacher to re­main in cus­tody

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Gareth Wil­son

A SE­NIOR teacher ar­rested ear­lier this week for the al­leged rape of two school­girls will re­main in cus­tody un­til his for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion next week.

The former Port El­iz­a­beth teacher, who now works at a school in the Sun­days River Val­ley area, ap­peared in the Alexan­dria Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day for al­legedly rap­ing two pri­mary school chil­dren – aged 13 and 14.

The man can be named only af­ter he pleads in court and the name of the school is also be­ing with­held to pro­tect the iden­tity of the vic­tims.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain An­dre Beetge said the case had been post­poned to Wed­nes­day for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The case was also trans­ferred from the Alexan­dria court to the Pater­son Mag­is­trate’s Court,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the teacher was ar­rested af­ter the 13-year-old girl’s guardian had taken her to hospi­tal af­ter she com­plained she was not feel­ing well.

A doctor found she had been raped and had con­tracted a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease.

Po­lice fol­lowed up leads af­ter con­sult­ing with her, which then led them to a 14-year-old, who also claimed to have been raped by the teacher.

The spe­cial­ist Mother­well Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cases.

Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said their di­rec­tor of labour re­la­tions had re­ceived a re­quest to place the teacher on pre­cau­tion­ary sus­pen­sion.

They in­tended to grant the sus­pen­sion on an ur­gent ba­sis.

An in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way by the ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, who has al­ready sub­mit­ted a re­port.

Mtima said they were ar­rang­ing for trauma coun­sel­lors to sup­port pupils at the school.

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