Principal appears after rapes

KwaZulu-Natal - A KwaZulu-Natal school principal accused of allegedly raping 11 of his students appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court on Monday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Desmond Makhanya, 44, would appear in court again on November 22 for a formal bail application, Captain Thulani Zwane said.

Makhanya was arrested at his school in Umkomaas last Monday after the girls told police that he had raped them in his office.

Police had been at the school to speak to pupils about their rights and had highlighted sexual abuse.

Makhanya would remain in custody. - Sapa