The family of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who was allegedly raped by her teacher at school in Mkhindini Reserve in Melmoth, near Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal have pleaded with the law to take its course.
The 51-year-old teacher allegedly has had a sexual relationship with the girl since February, she fell pregnant and informed the suspect of pains she was experiencing.
The suspect allegedly gave the victim tablets, saying they were for pain relief. The girl fell ill and was rushed to hospital where it was discovered the tablets were for the termination of her pregnancy.
KZN police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed a suspect was in custody after his arrest on Friday. The man’s first appearance in the Melmoth Magistrate’s Court was on Thursday.
KwaZulu-Natal Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the department’s position was clear that teachers were prohibited from having sexual relations with pupils.
KZN MEC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza has condemned the incident.
She said members of the public had a responsibility to ensure that such heinous incidents don’t occur in schools and communities.
A family member said: “I hope that the law plays its role so that other teachers who molest children will learn a lesson.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.