by Mogomotsi Selebi
The 49-year-old teacher is currently being investigated by the department after a number of pupils complained about him.
North West department of education spokeswoman Bayanda Zenzile confirmed the investigation.
Regarding the teacher’s previous conviction, Zenzile said: “He was charged of a similar claim at a previous school and was dismissed.”
Asked why there was no background check on the teacher before he was employed at the current school, Zenzile said that would only become clear once all the investigations had been concluded.
Themba Ndlhovu, from the South African Council of Educators, said he was hopeful there would be a speedier process of recording sex offenders on their website.
“We have not received full cooperation from some [provincial] departments. They are supposed to inform us about such teachers. KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Mpumalanga have been cooperative, but others not so much.”
“It is things such as these which continue to embarrass us. We certainly do not expect this from a teacher, someone who is supposed to be a parent to the learners.”
He also took a swipe at the education department, saying more could have been done to prevent the situation from happening.
“It’s the department’s carelessness in their handling of this matter. It exposes a lack of planning to track down their employees.”
This article was written by Mogomotsi Selebi and originally published on sowetanlive