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Three teachers dismissed after implication in Reiger Park High School sex scandal

Bonile Khanyi

Three teachers who were implicated in the sex scandal in Reiger Park NR2 High School have been removed with immediate effect.

Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday announced that in addition to the school’s Principal who resigned from his position in October, three teachers also implicated in the videos have been removed.

This comes after videos and pictures were leaked on social media, showing the principal having sex with learners on the school premises.

Lesufi also said all the school’s administrators and food handlers who were depicted in the videos have been withdrawn from the school.

“All the officials, have been requested to report at the district offices while we are putting all the relevant charges against them,” said Lesufi.

“We have now formally requested the police to investigate the principal and they’ve already started speaking to us both at a criminal level but also at the level of sexual offences.”

Lesufi said as part of the department’s resolution, a team of social workers will be stationed at the school on a permanent basis to go through the report back during the investigation.

He also announced that the educator has been reported to the South African Council of Educators (SACE) for his name to be struck off the educator’s roll.

“Our immediate task is that the school goes back to normality as quickly as possible,” said Lesufi.

Gauteng’s FCS Serial Electronic Crime Investigation Unit Spokesperson Heila Niemand confirmed that the police is currently dealing with the investigation.

Niemand said no criminal charges have yet been laid and that their investigations were still at an early stage.

“We have identified the teachers implicated in those videos, at this stage we are trying to identify the victims that were involved,” said Niemand.

“From our side as soon as we get a victim we’ll definitely open charges for the manufacturing, possession and distribution of child pornography as well as the sexual charges that will arise in the investigation.”

In a statement issued by the department on Tuesday, Lesufi said no sexual assault case was opened with the police because no learners or parents disclosed any incidents to the officials.

He also said that the incident happened about three years ago.

“Sadly learners depicted on the videos or picture are no longer at the school and the actually matriculated in 2015/ 2016,” said Lesufi.

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