THE KZN Education Department will be investigating a rape allegation against a principal.
A case was apparently opened last month at Howick Police Station against the principal of the school in the Mpophomeni area.
The principal is accused of raping a 16-year-old pupil on the school premises but he has not been arrested yet.
KZN Education spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said incidents of this nature were disappointing.
“We are always advocating for women’s safety and protection. It is disappointing when we learn of incidents where pupils fall prey to teachers in whom we place their safety.”
He said the department strongly condemned the incident and would be in contact with the district office and the police to ensure justice prevailed.
“We will be calling upon the district office and the police to act swiftly in this matter to ensure the victim gets justice,” he said.
Mthethwa said this behaviour was not something they would tolerate at schools.
“Women in our schools, be it teachers or pupils, should be protected at all times.
Those who think they can do as they please on school premises will suffer the consequences,” he said.
KZN police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case was opened.
“A case of rape was opened at Mpophomeni cop shop on 11 February and was later transferred to the Howick family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit for investigation. No arrest has been made at this stage,” said Zwane.
The mum (38) of the victim said: “I took my daughter out of this school because I saw it was not a good idea to force her to continue when she was so unhappy there.
“I am not happy with how the police have handled this matter because I strongly believe the suspect should have been arrested by them a long time ago.”
She revealed she learned about the incident at the beginning of the year when her daughter said she would kill herself if she had to return to school.
She said her daughter told her she had also been raped by three boys at the school and she strongly believed it was not a safe environment for girls.
Zwane confirmed there was another rape case being investigated at the school after the same girl reported that she had been raped by three pupils on the premises.
– Daily Sun