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7 KZN teachers in sexual assault cases served with intention to suspend letters

A video emerged showing three teachers from the Dlangezwa High School allegedly gang raping a pupil.

Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The KwaZulu-Natal Basic Education Department has confirmed seven teachers have been issued with intention to suspend letters pending investigations into sexual assault.

A video emerged this week showing three teachers, including a principal, from the Dlangezwa High School allegedly gang raping a pupil.

Investigations are underway to determine when the crime took place.

The department says there is no logical explanation to the apparent rape incident, and the principal and his two subordinates should now face both internal disciplinary hearings and prosecution.

Spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said: “We will no longer allow a person who abuses learner to be in our school premises. That’s not going to happen.”

Four other teachers implicated in different sexual assault cases have also been suspended.

In another incident, an educator at Mdlamse High School in that province is also facing an assault case and possible suspension after a video showing him viciously assaulting a pupil with what appears to be a stick has done the rounds on social media.

Meanwhile, the United Democratic Alliance has reacted with shock to reports the teachers allegedly gang raped the school girl.

The party’s Deputy President Nqabayomzi Kwankwa has called on the South African Council for Educators to immediately deregister and ban the men from teaching anywhere else in the country.

Kwankwa has also called on the Basic Education Department to suspend them.

“We need to make sure that they are punished so that they can serve their sentences in jail for doing what they’ve done to that young child and that’s the only way we’re going to deal with this problem in our society.”

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