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Centurion teacher accused of sexual abuse removed from school

The 55-year-old educator is accused of sexually abusing at least 23 young girls, aged between 10 and 13.

The Valhalla Primary School in Centurion where a teacher has been accused of sexually abusing pupils. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has removed an educator accused of sexually abusing dozens of pupils from the Valhalla Primary School in Centurion.

The 55-year-old educator is accused of sexually abusing at least 23 young girls, aged between 10 and 13.

A case of sexual assault has also been opened with the police.

Education officials have visited the school and counsellors have been deployed.

The department’s Steve Mabona says dozens of young girls have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse at the school.

Mabona says the department is also investigating allegations that the implicated teacher has remained at the school despite complaints about him.

Mabona says the implicated teacher will now have to report to the department’s district office while investigations are underway.

“Parents were saying they don’t want to see the educator at the school anymore and we have given them assurance because we knew that the process of removing him is at an advanced stage.”

It’s alleged the abuse started in June last year and it only came to light last month.

Social workers have been dispatched to the school to provide support for pupils.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)