U’hage teacher in court for rape

A Uitenhage teacher who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl on school premises last month appeared in the town’s magistrate’s court yesterday.

The 48-year-old man appeared briefly after he was arrested at his Rosedale home on Monday afternoon for the alleged rape of a pupil at Dalrose Primary School.

The case was postponed to September 20 for a formal bail application and further investigation.

The teacher will remain in custody. The man was employed by the school governing body at the start of the year to educate the 1 232 pupils about drug and alcohol abuse.

School principal Larry de la Harpe was tightlipped yesterday about details surrounding the incident, referring all questions to the Department of Education.

“We have reported the situation to the department who are investigating the allegations. However, I am not at liberty to share information regarding the situation,” de la Harpe said.

He confirmed that the teacher had resigned from his position at the school a week ago.

Police spokeswoman Captain Gerda Swart said the alleged rape took place on August 31 but was only reported by the girl’s parents on September 9. The Department of Education failed to respond to questions.

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