The entrance to Mbilwi High School in Thohoyandou. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)
The entrance to Mbilwi High School in Thohoyandou. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)

Teacher, 50, who allegedly raped Limpopo learner remanded in custody

By Mashudu Sadike Time of article published May 18, 2021

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Pretoria - A 50-YEAR-OLD teacher accused of raping a 17-year-old former matric pupil from Mbilwi High School was remanded in custody by the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The teacher, Makhuvha Solomon Ntshidzeni, will formally apply for bail at the same court next Monday.

He was arrested on Friday after the alleged victim opened a case last month, three years after she completed her matric at the school where the accused was employed.

Yesterday, Pretoria News reported that the educator allegedly sexually assaulted a pupil a number of times in 2018 by luring her to a lodge ostensibly to offer her private lessons.

The incident has brought the school back into the spotlight after the case of Lufuno Mavhunga, who committed suicide following a video of her being assaulted by another pupil went viral.

The bullying incident drew public condemnation and highlighted cyberbullying and bullying in schools.

Meanwhile, the SA Human Rights Commission in Limpopo will conduct provincial hearings into bullying, corporal punishment and sexual relationships between educators and pupils in Polokwane from today until Thursday.

Provincial chairperson Victor Mavhudula said: “In view of the monitoring findings made by the Systematic Nature of Bullying in Schools, as well as a noted increase in reports relating to corporal punishment and sexual relations between teachers and pupils, the commission has resolved to call the provincial Department of Education as well as other stakeholders to provide the commission with information and evidence on how the key role-players are addressing the challenges.

“Bullying in schools has reached concerning prevalence, highlighted by the recent tragic incident which unfolded at Mbilwi Secondary School where Lufuno ended up taking her life.”

The commission has called for the participation of parents, teacher unions, the SAPS and civil society.

The DA in Limpopo meanwhile called for the immediate suspension of the teacher.

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