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gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that Ayanda Ntuthu, who sexually assaulted a boy at Thandokhulu High School in Mowbray, Cape Town in 2017 has been sentenced to five years in prison.

His name will also be added to the National Register for Sex Offenders. This came more than five years after the assault and for most of that time he has continued teaching at the school. Ntuthu was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault on 18 March. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for each count, which will run concurrently. While delivering the sentence, Wynberg Magistrate Nontuthuzelo Ralarala said the court needed to regard Ntuthu’s personal circumstances, the seriousness of the offence, and the interests of society. “The crimes are serious and the nature and prevalence cannot be overlooked. The aggravating factor is that you did not only sexually assault a child, but you did it in your capacity as an educator in a school environment. You abused your position as a teacher,” Ralarala noted. A report by a probation officer recommended that Ntuthu’s sentence be suspended “because he does not pose a threat to society and is not affiliated with any gang.” But, Ralarala stated: “The court cannot agree with this. Although a suspended sentence and rehabilitation are recommended, the court finds that it will not fit the nature of the crime. Imprisonment will fit the crime, the interests of society, and make you (Ntuthu) a better citizen and better role model for your child.” Ralarala also recommended that the judgment be sent to the Department of Basic Education. Outside of the court, the learner and his aunt expressed their joy at the sentencing.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Marecia Damons at GroundUp

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