#teacher | Five things to know after suspect appears in court

Orania is no stranger to controversy. However, the “whites-only” Afrikaaner town in the Northern Cape found itself in the headlines for a non-racial matter last week. A student-teacher – who grew-up in the isolated settlement – has been accused of raping a minor while attending Volkskool Orania.

The case has rocked locals and outsiders alike, with Orania priding itself on an allegedly “crime-free” reputation. Representatives of the SAPS’s Child Protection Unit turned up at the school to investigate a case of child molestation against the educator-in-training last month.

The area receives assistance from Hopetown SAPS. The location is a 30-minute drive from Orania, and it is at their local magistrates where the alleged rapist will face the music. Orania is still subject to the South African Constitution, so traditional law remains. They are also assisted by authorities in the Pixley ka Seme district.

Here’s what we know about the suspect. No, he can’t be named. Not yet, anyway…

Orania statutory rape case – who is the perpetrator?

Crimes committed and charges faced

The teacher is accused of raping a minor at the school where he is completing a teacher-training course. He was in the Hopetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday to face a charge of statutory rape.

His current status

The suspect was able to post R5 000 bail, so he’s been granted temporary freedom before his case resumes. It’s understood that the male will return to court in six weeks’ time, on Thursday 28 November.

Why he can’t be named

The defendant has not yet entered a plea, and his case involves a minor. These two factors combined mean that, in order to protect the victim’s identity and guarantee the alleged rapist a fair trial, that his identity has to be concealed. The same restrictions were in place for Nicholas Ninow, before the NPA lifted them last year.

From Orania to Johannesburg

As reported last week, the accused is currently located between the school he’s training at, and the university he’s studying with in Johannesburg. It’s understood he is teaching at a different school in Orania to the one he was educated in during his younger years.

Other details

Information obtained from the school revealed that the man in question is currently going for a BSc in physics and chemistry. The would-be science teacher isn’t thought to have had a previous relationship with his victim, and the investigation into this child molestation case is ongoing.


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