Today's Big Stories

School governing body groups slam sex pest teacher blunder

School governing body organisations have condemned the negligent employment of a convicted paedophile at a Cape Town school.

The Governing Body Foundation has called for the Social Development department to regularly update its "B list", an index of persons with dangerous criminal records.

The foundation's CEO Tim Gordon has also called on schools to improve vetting processes involved in recruiting their educators.

Convicted paedophile Brian Shofer was teaching at Lourier Primary School, in Retreat, prior to his arrest and alleged suicide last week.

Shofer was hired by the school's governing body despite his criminal record and lack of registration with the South African Council for Educators (SACE).

One's got to have more than policy, there must be follow through and checking up.

Tim Gordon, CEO of The Governing Body Foundation

At the same time, the Federation of Governing Bodies for South African Schools (Fedsas) says that stringent laws already exist which should apply to all teaching appointments.

Fedsas CEO Paul Colditz says that the child protection and sexual offences register should have flagged Shofer as a potential predator.

Shofer was arrested last week, amid fresh rape allegations and claims that he was luring young children online by posing as a tutor.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Popular articles
More South Africans on social grants than those earning an income

More South Africans on social grants than those earning an income

According to SAIRR researcher Gerbrandt van Heerden the number of people receiving social grants has increased by 328% since 2001.

5 facts about the new SA number plates being implemented this year

5 facts about the new SA number plates being implemented this year

No official date has been set for the roll out of SA's new number plate legislation, but here's what you need to know so long.

In case you hadn't noticed, Cape Town feels freezing cold (and here's why)

In case you hadn't noticed, Cape Town feels freezing cold (and here's why)

Capetonians are pulling out hot water bottles and mittens as a cold front is predicted to make landfall on Thursday morning.

Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer explains the symptoms, treatments and tips for people who suffer panic attacks.

Don't be rude: 5 ways to practice cell phone etiquette

Don't be rude: 5 ways to practice cell phone etiquette

It's important to confront friends and family if they seem distracted by their phones, says Afro Protocol founder Courtenay Carey.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.