NGO calls for Plett teacher’s bail to be denied

The 42-year-old teacher is facing a string of child molestation charges.

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CAPE TOWN - An anti-child abuse group has called for bail to be denied to a Plettenberg Bay teacher facing a string of child molestation charges.

The 42-year-old man was remanded in custody following his appearance in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrates Court yesterday for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old boy in June.

The award-winning teacher was re-arrested last week while awaiting trial for another sexual assault case involving a 10-year-old schoolboy in May.

The prosecution has told the court it will oppose his bail application which will be heard next Wednesday.

Joanne Barrett of Women and Men Against Child Abuse says they are still shocked by the new allegations.

"When I first heard of his arrest, I had no words. It was just completely horrific and absolutely disgusting. We really trust the State to deny bail. This is a second offence and our children have the right to feel safe."