The sleepy town of Tongaat has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct at a secondary school.
Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said there has been an increase in the number of pupils being sexually exploited in the province. He has appealed to parents to come forward if they are aware of errant teachers. The department is expected to provide feedback on the Tongaat case next week.
The provincial education department had moved swiftly to suspend the teacher in question on Monday afternoon.
Pupils and parents at a KZN school took a stand against abuse. They raised the alarm about a teacher who has allegedly been sexually abusing a Grade 11 pupil. Screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation have surfaced, implicating the man and pupils say it isn’t the first time.
One pupil said the teacher has repeatedly made romantic and sexual advances to underage girls over a period of three years.