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NC teacher accused of assaulting pupil

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Ther 18-year-old pupil, who is in Grade 9, was roughly pushed out of the school gates on Tuesday after he had visited the bathroom

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A TEACHER at Noupoort Combined School, who appeared in the Noupoort Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges relating to the alleged sexual harassment of two former pupils in 2017, has also been accused of assaulting another pupil this week.

The two pupils, who were 13 years old at the time of the alleged sexual harassment incidents, have since left the school.

One of the girl’s mother said that while her daughter attended an Afrikaans medium school (Noupoort Combined School) from Grade R until Grade 10, she was forced to send her to Enoch Mthethwa Secondary School after finding out about the alleged sexual harassment incident, where her daughter was taught in Xhosa.

“Nothing was being done about the molestation allegations and the only way I could protect her was to remove her from the school. We don’t speak much Xhosa at home so it has been a struggle for her. Although she is a very clever child, she has had to work hard to manage the language barrier. It has been a very difficult time for all of us,” said the mother.

She added that action was only taken after she had reported the matter to the district offices of the provincial Department of Education in De Aar.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi meanwhile confirmed that the Noupoort police are investigating a case of common assault after a teacher allegedly hit a pupil in the face with his fist.

“The matter is currently under investigation,” said Mooi.

The pupil’s mother said that her 18-year-old son, who is in Grade 9, was roughly pushed out of the school gates on Tuesday after he had visited the bathroom.

“My child came home in a hysterical state after the teacher slapped him across the mouth. Although his mouth was swollen, I advised him to go back to school the next day because he is keen to complete his schooling.”

The spokesperson for the Department of Education, Lehuma Ntuane, confirmed that the teacher had appeared in court yesterday.

“We are still conducting an internal disciplinary hearing.

“He was not suspended as the complainants left the school and they were no longer in any contact with him. The remaining complainants indicated that they no longer felt threatened or uncomfortable in his presence. The department would not have hesitated to take further steps if they felt that they were in any danger.”

He was not able to confirm the alleged assault of a pupil at the school.