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1 Mar 2019
6:49 pm

Lesufi welcomes dismissal of Bryanston High School teacher after abuse claims


Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the department has a zero-tolerance stance to allegations of sexual assault.

MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi is seen outside the Pretoria Magistrates court where the teacher accused of sexually assaulting 24 pupils at Valhalla Primary School was granted R8000 bail, 14 February 2019, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has welcomed the dismissal of a suspended Bryanston High School teacher who was accused of abuse between 2017 and 2018.

In a statement issued today, Lesufi said the School Governing Body (SGB) had dismissed the man earlier in the day.

“The former SGB-appointed educator was suspended immediately after the complaint was brought to the attention of the school in January 2019. The disciplinary hearing was concluded today, and the verdict will ensure that he is struck off the professional roll of educators,” said the MEC.

“We welcome this sanction and urge educators to refrain from all types of misconduct as they should lead by example to ensure that learners mirror their conduct in creating a safe schooling environment, conducive for effective teaching and learning.”

Lesufi said the department had a “zero-tolerance stance” to allegations of sexual assault and had never hesitated to act where allegations were proven true.

“We encourage learners never to listen to anybody who tells them not to tell, for fear of victimization. Learners must report such incidents to their parents, police or any other trusted figure of authority,” said Lesufi.

African News Agency (ANA)

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