Mbilwi Secondary School in Thohoyandou, Limpopo has again made it in the news. This time a 50-year-old teacher appeared in court for the alleged rape of at 17-year old pupil.
The man appeared in the Thohoyandou magistrates court on Monday facing three counts of rape.
Mbilwi Secondary School has been in the press for bad news. In previous years, the school was known for its stellar academic performance. Mbilwi maintained a 100% Matric pass rate since 1994 and a 90% university bachelor degree pass since 1997.
However, last month, the school made headlined after a learner, Lufuno Mavhunga was bullied by another learner. Lufuno overdosed committed suicide and the other learner appeared in court for assault. The learner is now in the care of her parents after she was given bail following the events.
And now, 20-year-old former student at the school opened a case against the 50-year-old man for raping her multiple times when she was 17 in 2018.
Limpopo Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya said she welcomed the arrest of the teacher accused of raping a pupil at Mbilwi Secondary School.
“Lerule-Ramakhanya is lobbying for the perpetrator to remain locked up until the end of the trial,” said the MEC’s spokesperson Mike Maringa.
“Harsh penalties must be imposed on perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide, the MEC has condemned the sexual abuse of a learner by someone who was supposed to guide and protect her,” said Maringa.
The Department of Education in Limpopo said they are aware of the arrest of the 50-year-old male educator.
“We are aware of the arrest of a male educator in the Vhembe East District on allegations of rape on Friday 14 May. These are serious and very disturbing allegations and cannot be taken lightly,” said MEC Polly Boshielo.
Boshielo said they will give comment on the matter in due course.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the case against the 50-year-old teacher has been postponed to 24 May 2021.
“The case was postponed to 24 May for the man to get legal representation and file a formal bail application,” said Mojapelo.