Teacher facing sex charges to be struck off roll of educators

Zandile Mbabela

A NELSON Mandela Bay primary school teacher who was departmentally charged with raping and sexually assaulting three pupils is set to be struck off the South African Council of Educators’ (SACE) roll after provincial Education MEC Mandla Makupula dismissed his appeal.

Former De Vos Malan Primary School teacher Hewbury Witbooi, 46, was charged with sexually assaulting pupils and conducting himself in an “improper, disgraceful and unacceptable manner”.

The incidents – which include the alleged rape of a 13-year-old pupil and the sexual assault of an 11-year-old pupil – happened over a four-month period in early 2012. Witbooi refused to comment yesterday.

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