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