The 45-year-old Nquthu teacher who filmed himself having a good time during sexual romps with learners has been subjected to an HIV test. The KwaZulu-Natal education department said on Monday.
In addition, the department announced that the three pupils who allegedly had sex with the teacher will be given antiretroviral (ARV) treatment as a precaution against HIV infection.
The department’s council stated that the girls would receive the drugs from the education and health departments in order to enable it ascertain if they are infected or not.
“Weighing heavily on the shoulders of the members of the Executive Council is the possibility that these learners have been infected with HIV virus. So we want early detection so that there can be early intervention. We are in possession of three videos with three different victims,” the council said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the shameless Nquthu teacher will appear again in the Nongoma Magistrate’s Court on September 29, having appeared in the same court earlier and was released on bail of R1000.
KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara related that he was charged with two counts of sexual grooming, two of rape, and one of sexual assault.
In another deplorable development, the KZN education department also announced that four more teachers at the Ekucabangeni High School in Nquthu, northern KwaZulu-Natal were suspended for also allegedly having sex with pupils.
Yesterday, the SA Council for Education (SACE) called for a prompt and immediate establishment of a single database which would house the names of teachers caught in a sexual act with pupils; in a bid to root out or at least curtail the rate at which learners are sexually abused or assaulted by their teachers.
It is pertinent to note that the SACE has so far imposed lifetime bans on 170 teachers nationally in the past two years for sexual offences.