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    Gwanda teacher trembles as he gets 20 years for raping Grade 7 pupil

    SIPHATHISIWE MATHAMBO
    GWANDA BUREAU

    GWANDA – A Gwanda teacher could not stop shivering and trembling on Thursday when local regional magistrate Mark Dzira slapped him with a 20-year jail term for raping and impregnating his Grade 7 pupil.
    Masala Mathe (52) who taught at Kuduvale School in Hantinyu area was stunned and he shivered in the dock as the jail sentence was pronounced and a three-year suspended sentence given on condition he did not commit a similar crime.
    Mathe had pleaded not guilty.
    Magistrate Dzira described Mathe as a cruel teacher who could not see women out there looking for a man and instead went for a pupil who actually looked up to him for protection.
    It is the State case that the accused sexually abused the complainant from May 2018 to Nov 2018. The juvenile was raped in the classroom behind the door or in the office and threatened with assault if she told anyone.
    The matter came out when the pupil’s mother realised that her daughter was no longer having her menstrual periods. She cried upon being asked and could not reveal any information to her mother. The mother referred the matter to the girl’s grandmother who took her to a private place and that is when she revealed that she was sexually abused.
    The matter was then reported to the village head who advised them to report to the Police. Tests at Gwanda Provincial Hospital showed that she was three months two weeks pregnant.
    Mathe who was represented by Bukhosi Ncube of Mlweli legal Practitioners said he was only accused of rape after the Grade 7 results showed that the girl performed dismally.
    Upon giving judgement the magistrate said that the accused person was cruel and heartless considering that in rural areas teachers are treated as semi Gods hence it could be easy for him to get a lady of his choice to quench his sexual desires than to abuse an ordinary Grade 7 pupil who is not even beautiful that the court can say he was tempted.
    Mncedisi Dube prosecuted.


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