Teacher’ sex scandal lands ex-student in jail
An affair with a 14-year-old student eight years ago has become a nightmare for a Maun teacher and the girl. Expressing relief at DNA test negative results, Matola primary school teacher, Simon Patrick Moroka, recently discovered through a paternity test result that an eight- year old ‘son’ he supported financially was not his.
He has demanded a P 15,030.00 refund in court. Meanwhile, his former student, now 22, is adamant that the teacher is the father as she was a virgin when the sex scandal happened. The mother who was a minor during the sex escapades is languishing in a Maun jail as she has failed to raise the money.
“ I had sex with that girl only once. They might claim that her child looks like me, but that does not matter anymore because the DNA test has proved beyond doubt that he is not my child,” he said.
When the mother and her family reported Moroka to the Maun District Commissioner for monthly maintenance, they had no clue how bad the plan would backfire, eight years later.
When she failed to cough up the maintenance amount, which the court had ordered her to return to the owner, she was sent to jail to ponder on the consequences of her actions.
Speaking from Maun state prison where she languished while her poor family struggled to raise the required amount, the confused young woman said she did not understand how the DNA test could be negative when at the time, she had slept with no other man but Moroka.
“How can the child not be his when he is the man who broke my virginity when I was a 14-year- old- girl. I never slept with another man until after the baby was born. How could he possibly not be his? She asked.
The paternity saga, which has caused the Maun Catholic Church to join the fray, advocating for a second DNA test to vindicate the young church member, allegedly started with illicit student-teacher sexual relations, when the girl was still in Moroka’s class in 2003.
According to her, she and Moroka started having sex when she was in standard seven. “He was my class teacher and I didn’t mind having an affair with him because he was very gentle and loving, helping my poor family with money, clothes and food.”
She claimed that the secret affair, continued until she fell pregnant and dropped out of school.
Supporting her daughter’s claims, 53-year- old Aobakwe Gabaitsekgosi who learned the hard way never again to shield a child molester from prosecution said that she regretted the day she chose financial aid over reporting the teacher to the police for defilement, a criminal offence that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
“Moroka’s late wife brought it to the family’s attention that my daughter was sleeping with her husband, the teacher. She said she caught them red-handed in bed and begged us to warn the child to desist from breaking her family, which we tried without success.”
Gabaitsekgosi further revealed that when her daughter eventually fell pregnant, Moroka was called to a family gathering where he admitted that he had impregnated the girl.
“We were therefore shocked when he told us early this year that his doctor had advised him to stop paying maintenance until a paternity test was done. Needless to say we are all suspicious that something must have gone terribly wrong somewhere with the test results.”
Asked whether he was willing to go for a second DNA-test, Moroka said, “ She must refund me first, then we can talk.
“ At school students call me Tinto (a character who fails to look after his own children in a folklore song) because of the way she used to harass me for money in front of them. I also lost a promotion opportunity because of her lies. I am an heir apparent for Moroka village and now that she has run to the media to defame me some more, I might lose the chance to become chief too. She must just leave me alone.”