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ANC calls for harsh punishments on sex-for-marks scandal culprits

S Mchunu

The ANC is deeply disturbed by the allegations in which schoolgirls were extorted for sex in exchange for passing their school year at the Flagstaff Comprehensive High School in the Eastern Cape. We consider allegations of this nature as very serious. It is alleged that angry parents shut down a school in the wake of this scandal, which left one schoolgirl pregnant. It is believed that six teachers have been accused of demanding sex from schoolgirls, and those who did not give in to their demands were subsequently not successful in passing their school year.

The ANC commends the department of education for organizing a task team consisting of a psychologist, school governing body members and circuit managers to attend to the school and investigate the matter and encouraging pupils to speak out. We believe that if the teachers are found responsible they must be punished, not just banned from teaching but be locked up in jail.

I thank you

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