Teacher Who Impregnated Student Rushes To Supreme Court After Being Fired
A teacher based in Matabeleland North who was fired after he impregnated a student has appealed against the decision to fire him at the Supreme Court.
According to the Daily News, Mxolisi Mhlanga used to teach Bible Knowledge and Divinity at Majiji High School when he proposed love to a student who was aged 20 at the time. When the pupil became pregnant, the matter came to light and Mhlanga was fired from his job after he was found guilty of improper association. The incident happened in 2012.
Appearing before the Supreme Court judges Elizabeth Gwaunza, Lavendar Makoni and Nokuthula Moyo as a self-actor (with no legal representation) Mhlanga argued that the evidence against him was falsified and that the baby was not his. Said Mhlanga,
The court a quo made an error and did not explain why they chose to listen to the story of the complainant who was a student. The court had no evidence that showed that there was real improper association with the minor. I have a problem with the court accepting the story of a complainant who clearly said the chairperson of the committee induced her to make a statement against me with a bribe.
The student also took the witness stand and gave her testimony as follows,
He used to sleep with me any time of the day in his storeroom, library or even in the bush. We could not go to his cottage as his wife was there. At one time he licked my breasts and told me I was pregnant. When my guardians took the matter to school, he approached me and begged me to lie to save his job.
I did all he asked me to do and I wonder why he treats me like a mad person telling this court that we were never in a sexual love relationship.
The headmaster at the school, Fisani Dube also testified that Mhlanga had tried to trick the girl into changing statements to save his job.
Judgment on the matter was reserved for Wednesday this week.
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