Police arrested a 30-year-old teacher for Child Grooming, as well as Supply, Expose, and Display to a child an article of pornographic material.
Reports indicate that the mother of a 14-year-old girl was at home on Tuesday 05 November 2019, when she entered her daughter's bedroom. Upon entering the room, the mother noticed a cell phone that she had never bought for her daughter. The cell phone was placed under a pillow. The child was then confronted by her mother about the person who bought her the cell phone. The daughter eventually admitted that a 30-year-old man, who is believed to be the educator at a school where the child attends, bought it for her. Out of curiosity, the mother went through the cell phone and discovered pornographic pictures that were exchanged between the teacher and the minor. The police were immediately contacted and two cases were opened in this regard.
The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has welcome the arrest of the suspect and expressed his disappointment on the disgusting actions displayed by this man. "As a society we cannot allow such men of his calibre to prey on our innocent children like this one. Children go to school to learn so that they are well equipped to face the future. If adults that have been tasked with a huge responsibility to look after kids turn against them, then our future is doomed" he said. General Zuma further made a call to parents and members of the community, to always be vigilant when it comes to children. Parents should be more involved in their children's well-being and this will enable them to detect earlier in case there is something unusual taking place.
The man was arrested on Tuesday 19 November 2019. He was charged and appeared in the Kabokweni Magistrate Court today Wednesday 20 November 2019, where he was remanded in custody until Friday, 22 November 2019, for formal bail application.
Police are busy with investigations and the possibilities of adding more charges are eminent.