School caretaker accused of raping pupil, 11, in court

A local school’s caretaker and local church leader charged with allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl on the school premises was back in court on Wednesday. However, due to his docket not being available on the day, the matter was postponed to February 11.

The victim was allegedly raped in the school toilets, which are near her classroom.

The 55-year-old man was accused on one count of rape, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Sibabalwe Matshikiza said earlier in the case that the accused’s bail was supported by the fact that he was married and a leader at a local church, thereby making him an unlikely flight risk.

When the accused was asked by Matshikiza if he had complied with the bail conditions set by the court by avoiding contact with the victim, he said: “Your honour, I have no knowledge who the victim is.”

Matshikiza had also requested the school principal ensure the caretaker was transferred to a working environment where there were no minors.

“I am currently working in the department of education offices in Komani, where there are no minors,” the accused said.

The caretaker had also complied with staying away from the school premises.

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