Threats against cleared AB Xuma pa­troller wrong

Sunday World - - Viewpoint -

The ac­quit­tal of Jo­hannes Molefe, the for­mer pa­troller at AB Xuma Pri­mary School, on charges of sex­ual abuse of 13 pupils rep­re­sents the tri­umph of good over evil, or vice versa, depend­ing on which side of the fence one is sit­ting.

In ac­quit­ting Molefe, the judge re­ferred to the state’s case as a “com­edy of er­rors”. The judge also re­marked that the girls were not cred­i­ble wit­nesses and were likely sub­jected to ma­nip­u­la­tion by teach­ers and par­ents.

Molefe at­trib­uted the charges against him to in­fight­ing at the school, where teach­ers and par­ents were at log­ger­heads with the prin­ci­pal. The prin­ci­pal also tes­ti­fied ear­lier that par­ents and teach­ers did not want her and Molefe at the school. Par­ents re­acted an­grily and threat­ened the ac­quit­ted. It would seem they had op­er­ated on the premise of Molefe’s guilt.

What needs to be un­der­stood is that our courts do not prove in­no­cence, but guilt. It is there­fore wrong and un­law­ful for par­ents, or any­one for that mat­ter, to threaten vi­o­lence.

Nathaniel Lee


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