As Child Protection Week begins it has been revealed that the SA Council of Educators (Sace), which has the task of vetting teachers, has not had access to the sexual offenders’ list for a decade.
With a spate of reported incidents of teachers sexually abusing schoolkids, this means that many more sexual predators are lurking in the system undetected.
This was revealed in a parliamentary response to Sace posed by the DA’s Sonja Boshoff earlier this month.
In its response Sace writes that in 2017 it had approached the director-general (DG) of the basic education department, asking him to obtain the National Child Protection Register from the DG of the justice department.
“This move was taken because of the limitations of access to the register, which permits only employers, concerned individuals and designated child-protection organisations to access it.