Newspaper clipping – iol online – 12 June 2009

No charges yet for Durban Teachers

Five teachers from Makhumbuza High School will have to wait until next week to find out if sexual misconduct charges will be laid against them.

Earlier this week, the KwaZulu-Natal education department said an independent prosecution team was expected to draft charges against them by the end of the week.

On Friday, however, spokesperson Mbali Thusi said it had not yet been done.
            “It may happen sometime next week”.

The department suspended five teachers at the school following allegations of sexual assault of some female pupils.

One of the teachers is accused of raping a 19-year-old student in August last year. He allegedly forced himself on her at the school’s science laboratory after asking her to take some files there. The teacher appeared in the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday and the matter was postponed for bail application on June 17.

The court heard that more victims had come forward and additional charges had been laid against him.

The Makumbuza teachers came under the spotlight in April when a group of pupils claimed teachers were having sex with female pupils for money and alcohol.

There was also a claim that one pupil had become impregnated by a teacher and dropped out of school.

Tensions at the school grew last week when two pupils, including the alleged rape victim, were transferred to a new school.

Authorities reported that the victim was being intimidated and threatened by fellow pupils and teachers who supported the accused.

By Friday, there had been no new developments at the school. - Sapa