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ELRCSowetanLive reports that an Eastern Cape high school teacher who sexually assaulted a pupil has been fired and ordered to never work with children again, despite a plea from his representatives at his hearing that he rather be given counselling and moved to another school instead.

Ayanda Fani from the Zweliyandila High School was fired for asking a grade 12 pupil to go to the toilet where he kissed her and forced her to touch his private parts. According to the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioner Malusi Mbuli, Fani pleaded guilty to the allegations and the matter was finalised on 27 June. The employee’s representative argued that the employee by pleading guilty was remorseful and took responsibility for what happened. But, Mbuli pointed out: “The acts of misconduct committed by the employee in the context of his employment renders the employment relationship involving learners intolerable. This type of misconduct is also expressly prohibited by the employer. In this matter, the interests of the employer and learners far outweigh those of the employee.” Mbuli went on to note: “From his transgressions that have been proved, the employee cannot be trusted to work in the school environment where there are learners. The employer and learners will suffer severe prejudice if this wrongdoing can be condoned and that discipline has to be applied consistently.” Fani was dismissed with immediate effect and the council's general secretary was ordered to send a copy of the arbitration award to the SA Council of Educators to revoke Fani's certificate. Mbuli also ordered that Fani’s name be entered into the National Child Protection Register.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jeanette Chabalala at SowetanLive

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