The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) is adamant that bail must not be granted a 31-year-old teacher accused of assaulting a Grade 11 pupil with whom he was allegedly involved in a romantic relationship.
Sanco called on all school governing bodies‚ parents and the learners to join hands and “eradicate the scourge of abuse and the sugar-daddy syndrome.”
As stated by the KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane‚ the teacher and the pupil are alleged to have been entangled in a romantic relationship. They were engulfed in an argument which ensued into the alleged assault.
The sugar daddy teacher of John Wesley Kosi Bay Private School will appear in court on Tuesday in Manguzi‚ near the Mozambique-South Africa border.
Sanco National Spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu condemned the act of sugar-daddy syndrome in the school environment which kills the trust learners are supposed to have in their teachers.
“Allegations that the perpetrator had exploited his position of trust for an improper sexual relationship with the learner and had administered corporal punishment to the abused victim is a heinous act and a shocking atrocity.”
Mahlangu suggested a stiff sentence which will go a long way in checking the activities of those in the teaching profession entrusted with the responsibility to protect learners under their care.
“Corporal punishment and abuse of children by paedophiles in the education system has to be stamped out and those responsible (must) face the wrath of the law‚” he said, calling on everybody to help eradicate this monster rearing its ugly head in the education system.
Mahlangu couldn’t help but observe that corporal punishment which was abolished in the country in terms of the Schools Act of 1996‚ is still taking place in schools.
The year 2004 alone saw at least 1.5 million pupils across South Africa falling victims to corporal punishment, while 637 complaints of corporal punishment were brought to the South African Council for Educators between April 2012 and March 2015.