According to an IOL report, 136 teachers across the country were found guilty of ‘sexual misconduct’ between the years 2009 and 2012. Of these, 62 have been retrenched.
The others have been allowed to keep their jobs.
That’s right: found guilty. They went through the due legal processes, were found guilty of sexual crimes against children (which included rape), and yet, they are still trusted around youngsters on a daily basis.
Please take a moment, Dear Reader, to imagine this scenario: you’re a 13-year-old girl. You’re at school. Your maths teacher suddenly decides that he needs to ascertain his masculinity by raping you. This kind of thing really happens.
What do you do?
Well, every piece of sexual assault related literature you’ve ever read by the tender age of thirteen informs you that you need to tell a trusted grown-up right away! So you do.
Then what happens?
Well, nothing apparently. Mr. Rapist is back in class the following week, probably after having a good old laugh with Angie Motshekga about how stupid the pupils are for actually believing in all that “upholding the Constitution, being accountable to the Minister, the government and the people of South Africa” bullshit they spew all over their website; under ‘values’.
This makes me so, so sad. That 13-year-old girl you just pretended to be has had her whole life ruined by irreparable emotional trauma. These so-called people are trusted – and indeed, paid – to look after our children. I’m not saying that all teachers are rapists or anything. That would just be stupid and fallacious. But how on earth is it all right that just under 50% of those who are are able to hold onto their titles as educators? If it were up to me, they’d be shot at dawn. (If you disagree with this statement, please voice your opinion. I value all input. Don’t be shy now)
Luckily for all the raping psychopaths out there, it isn’t up to me. It’s up to the government, and they couldn’t care less. So a few convicted rapists are being paid to be left alone with forty children. Angie doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with that…