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MEC finally breaks his silence on school principal who allegedly raped a student

Last week South Africans were left shell shocked after a school principal allegedly raped a female student. 

The education MEC Fundile Gade has now finally spoken about the incident. 

Gade said he hoped it would serve as a clear reminder to everyone involved in the education sector that their call of duty required more professionalism, parenting and ethical conduct.

“This decision is teaching us all to understand deeply the responsibility bestowed on us and the societal expectation as we discharge our duties as public servants,” he said.

“The department has provided the affected pupil with educational material and it will continue to make sure she is studying in a conducive environment where her safety is guaranteed.”

Gade also said his department was continuing with an internal disciplinary process against the suspect.

The MEC, who had attended some of the accused’s court appearances, previously assured pupils from several schools in Ntabankulu that his department was working to root out abuse of pupils at schools.

Gade disclosed that the accused had tried to submit a resignation letter to the department after his arrest earlier this month, possibly to safeguard his pension and other benefits, but that he had rejected it pending finalisation of the case.

Source: https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2022-07-01-mec-hails-decision-to-deny-bail-to-principal-accused-of-raping-pupil/

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