The Piet Retief Regional Court on Monday sentenced Elphas Ndlovu to life imprisonment for the crime he committed in 2001.
“His sentencing emanated from an incident that occurred in 2001 in which Ndlovu impregnated a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Piet Retief.
Hlathi told the Sowetan that had it not been for the Piet Retief cluster Family Violence and Child Protection Unit commander Captain Mbongeni Ezra Myeni‚ the case would not have been solved with the docket gathering dust.
“The investigating officer in this case resigned and the station commander died. When the new station commander arrived‚ he made a follow-up on cases with dockets gathering dust.
“He wanted to know why this case was never solved and appointed a new investigating officer. The teacher was arrested last year. All the evidence was in the docket and there was a warrant for the teacher’s arrest‚” Hlathi said.
In its 2015/2016 annual report‚ Sace withdrew 38 cases before hearings. This‚ the council said‚ was due to parents’ lack of cooperation with investigations.
“The council came across many cases where parents do not cooperate with investigations into teachers having sexual relationships with pupils. Parents are unwilling to cooperate because they have been promised something.