Head­mas­ter Hor­ror

Boys, now men, make state­ments about be­ing raped at top EC pri­mary schools

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - MAL­I­BONGWE DAYIMANI CRIME RE­PORTER mal­i­bong­[email protected]­patch.co.za

Cases of rape and sodomy have been opened by two for­mer school boys against for­mer Dale Col­lege art teacher and for­mer head­mas­ter of Queen’s Ju­nior school Richard Sec­ond, 61.

The al­leged rapes took place more than 30 years ago when the pupils, now adult men, were mi­nors and board­ers at the two pres­ti­gious Eastern Cape board­ing schools in King Wil­liam’s Town and Ko­mani.

Head of Eastern Cape provin­cial po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Bri­gadier Them­binkosi Ki­nana, said the di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) in Makhanda now had to make a de­ci­sion on whether to pros­e­cute.

Ki­nana said the sodomy and the rape cases were re­ported at Ko­mani and King Wil­liam’s Town po­lice sta­tions in Novem­ber 2018.

“The sus­pect has not been ar­rested yet. We have com­pleted the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ev­ery­thing rests on the DPP in Makhanda.”

Na­tional pros­e­cut­ing au­thor­ity spokesper­son Tshepo Nd­walaza said on Fri­day: “We can con­firm that the docket is in­deed with the DPP of­fice for a de­ci­sion, and when the de­ci­sion whether to pros­e­cute or not has been taken, it will be com­mu­ni­cated in writ­ing to those con­cerned.”

Sec­ond con­fessed to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing two pupils in an e-mail to a for­mer pupil, who had tracked him down and con­fronted him about be­ing “sex­u­ally vi­o­lated and raped” while he was at Dale.

The vic­tim, who had un­til re­cently be­lieved that Sec­ond had died, laid a charge with po­lice.

Sec­ond de­nied rap­ing one of the boys, but ad­mit­ted to fondling him and an­other pupil, Sun­day Times re­ported at the time.

The then-12-year-old Grade 5 boarder was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted in the early 80s.

Queen’s Col­lege Boy’s school govern­ing body chair­man Bren­dan Raasch said Sec­ond was a teacher at the school be­tween 1989 and 1993.

Raasch said Sec­ond had re­turned to the school in 2006 as head­mas­ter un­til he re­tired in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Raasch said the pupil never re­ported the in­ci­dent to the school.

E-mailed ques­tions to Dale Col­lege were not an­swered at the time of writ­ing on Fri­day.

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