'Penis piercing teacher' axed

The teacher at the school was notified of his dismissal last week. Picture: Google Earth
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JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that a teacher at Willowridge High School, east of Pretoria, has been fired after he took three teenage boys to have their penises pierced.

Earlier this year Eyewitness News revealed the teacher was facing a disciplinary hearing and was on paid suspension.

The process has now been finalised. 

It was initially believed that only one boy, a 15-year-old, was involved, but it has since emerged the complaint related to at least three learners.

The teacher at the school in the Willows, whose name is known to Eyewitness News, was notified of his dismissal last week. 

The chairman of the school's governing body, Stefano Bruni, says the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was called in to manage the process.

“The disciplinary was handled as a pre-dismissal arbitration by the CCMA and the outcome of the pre-dismissal was guilty on certain charges.”

It’s understood the teacher who is also part of a well-known Afrikaans folk group was found guilty on three charges. 

These relate to taking schoolboys for Prince Albert piercings, having his own penis pierced in front of the teenagers, taking one youngster for a tattoo, giving the boys pasta shaped as male genitalia and allowing children to bunk classes. 

Bruni added, “The recommendation of sanction was dismissal and the educator is no longer at the school.”

The education department says it will comment on the development on Wednesday.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)