newsNews24 reports that a probe by Bishops Diocesan College into serious misconduct allegations against a former female teacher got under way on Friday, with the principal having been interviewed by the appointed attorney and senior advocate.  

The top boys' school in Rondebosch, Cape Town, is investigating allegations against history teacher and water polo coach Fiona Viotti regarding a reported sexual relationship with an 18-year-old matric pupil.  The pupil had reportedly tried to break off the relationship, but Viotti apparently refused to agree to terminate it.  Three more pupils 'may have been affected'.  Alleged victims and staff have still to be interviewed.  A source described social media gossip that up to 40 boys were affected as "absolute rubbish".  Currently, no crime is under investigation.  Viotti resigned when the allegations came to light.  She has hired top lawyer William Booth, who indicated that she had not been through a disciplinary procedure before she resigned.  On Friday, a meeting of Founders House was called by Viotti's father, teacher and coach, Dave Mallet, and the headmaster to clarify a letter sent to parents by Mallet earlier in the week.  In the letter, Mallett thanked people for the messages of support received in the wake of the "devastating events" and said he had spoken to the boys at Founders House, the boarding school section he heads, and asked them to adopt a "business as usual" approach around him.  During the meeting, Mallet reportedly said he did not condone his daughter's actions.

Get other news reports at the SA Labour News home page