- A man from KZN stands accused of impregnating five girls from different schools
- He promised different families that he would marry the girls and pay lobola but then disappeared
- One girl claims he forced her to get an abortion and bury the baby in a shallow grave
A teacher from northern KZN stands accused of getting five students from different schools pregnant. He promised the families of the pupils that he would pay lobola and marry them but instead of making good on these promises he disappeared.
The girls were then left to fend for themselves, raising the baby by themselves. They feared for their lives as he had threatened to kill them should he be exposed.
This is based on reports the pupils made against the 38-year-old teacher from a high school in Manguzi. This man had reportedly had multiple sexual relationships with the girls for years.
The Daily News had reported that a source had revealed that one of the girl's parents had been convinced of the man’s promises to rectify the situation. They thought the promises of marriage were legitimate but over time they realised that this was simply his way of escaping damages.
“The girls later learnt that the teacher, who was originally from the Mtubatuba area and rented accommodation in the Manguzi area, had also made marriage promises to other families.
“They discovered that they were being played and decided to report the matter to the school,” said the source.
Realising that they had been duped the matter was then reported to the school governing body, the local councilor as well as the police.
The Department of Education commented on the matter, revealing that the teacher was still employed at the school, pending the outcome of an appeal before the MEC’s Appeals Committee. This is with regards to another unrelated sexual offence.
With regards to that separate matter, he has been suspended and charged for a sexual relationship with yet another pupil at the school.
Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi commented on the deviant teacher.
“We are working on the matter speedily to conclude it through following the right procedures. What makes it hard for us to prosecute at times is that complainants make allegations and later withdraw from participating in the hearings.
“In this case, the police are involved and witnesses and families are coming forward,” he said.
One of the pupils said that she was only in Grade 9 when the teacher first seduced her. He continued their relationship until Grade 11 until she fell pregnant. Upon hearing this news the teacher then threatened to murder her if she revealed him.
In another shocking allegation, the man forced one of the girls to abort her baby and bury it in a shallow grave.
Mayor Nkululek Mthethwa said that the man had fled after hearing he had been found out. He urged other pupils to come forward if they had also been a victim of the teacher's abuse.
“The pupils and parents who were brave enough to come forward did the right thing. The victims should not feel intimidated. We are not going to fold our hands while our children are being molested and their rights violated. Such teachers should be removed from our schools. We are now relying on the police to build a strong case against the teacher to ensure he gets the appropriate punishment for destroying the lives of these young girls,” he said.
Mthethwa urged that decisive action should be taken in dealing with the teacher so as to send a strong message to other teachers contemplating similar offences.
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