A KwaZulu-Natal teacher has been suspended for allegedly having sex with at least six under age pupils at a rural school, a provincial education department spokesman said on Friday.
KwaZulu-Natal education spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said: “There are now six learners that have come forward.”
He said the six were either 14 or 15 years old.
The Nqutu teacher’s illegal acts came to light after a video of the teacher allegedly having sex with one of his victims emerged.
The legal age of consent in South Africa is 16 years, but the Schools Act prohibits any sexual relations between teachers and pupils irrespective of their ages.
Mthethwa said provincial education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana had visited the school on Thursday and opened a case of statutory rape against the teacher.
Comment from the police was not immediately available.