Bail for teacher allegedly raped

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A former teacher from St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Pretoria appeared in court on charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual preparation of a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the teacher between 2017 and 2018 had a gr. 5-learner of the school raped, sexually assaulted and prepared to commit sexual acts.

The alleged acts apparently took place during swimming lessons that the learner attended at the school. There were apparently also times when the learner, when she was between 10 and 11 years old, received extra lessons from the teacher.

She was apparently also sexually assaulted during these lessons.

“It is claimed that the child only realized that what was done to her was wrong, after she attended a lesson on sexual offenses in 2019,” says Lumka Mahanjana, NPA spokesperson for Gauteng.

The learner subsequently showed signs of trauma and appeared to have cut herself.

“After the mother noticed the behavioral change in her child, she started making inquiries and also took the child to a social worker. She was later referred to a forensic social worker in 2023, after which a case was opened with the police in Cape Town and transferred to the Brooklyn police station,” says Mahanjana.

The teacher, who cannot be identified under legislation, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday, which was sitting in the Kgosi Mampuru prison.

In his bail application, the teacher indicated he had no previous convictions. He also indicated that he cooperated with the investigation when he handed himself over to the police.

The state opposed his application and said the teacher, who has no assets tying him to South Africa, would be a flight risk.

He is also unemployed and will easily be able to leave the country.

The court ruled in the teacher’s favor and granted bail of R10 000. The man will have to report to the nearest police station three times a week and may not interfere with the case or witnesses.