Maritzburg guidance counsellor accused of abuse

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PIETERMARITZBURG – A guidance counsellor, who worked at a primary school, is expected to hear the outcome of his bail application in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate&39;s Court on Monday.

The teacher is accused of sexually abusing four boys between the ages of seven and nine at the school.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Ngobese Mthokosi said the investigation was ongoing.

The trusted 32-year-old teacher, who reportedly has a Master&39;s degree in psychology, taught at a number of local schools and is alleged to be a serial abuser.

He denies the charges but has been in custody since his arrest. The State has opposed bail due to the seriousness of the charges, concerns for the alleged victims and because he&39;s viewed as a flight risk.

The Maritzburg Sun reported that his attorney Siva Chetty accused the State during his bail application of "sensationalising" the matter.

“There has been sensationalism played by the media that has played a role in society. These statements that have been presented have been untested. I’m aware of charges, the complainants are young children who look to the court for security but the accused is no longer at the school and the children are living with their families and has no direct contact with them,” Chetty said.

Chetty also reportedly referred to the children as "victims of exaggeration and persuasion".