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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:

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