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Flashing teacher EXPOSED!
forty-something Midlands teacher who was found guilty of exposing his genitals to a group of 14-year-old girls just outside St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton was given a five year suspended sentence last week. Ashley McNicoll (43) of Summit Road, Hilton pleaded guilty to what he described as ‘an accident’. In his own statement to the court, McNicoll explained how he had been for a jog on Tuesday, July 16. As he sat on the curb, he noticed a group of about 20 girls also jogging along the school boundary in Church Lane. “I pulled my shorts to one side and closed my legs until the complainant and her group of friends passed me. I then opened my legs widely exposing my genital organ,” said McNicoll in his statement. He returned to the school three days later, on Friday July 19, where he was identified by one of the girls and apprehended by the school’s headmaster, David Arguile, together with a parent and security guard. McNicoll pleaded with the court ‘to have mercy when imposing sentence’ and admitted that his actions were ‘wrongful, unlawful and intentional’. According to headmaster
Arguile, both learners and teachers were upset and angry by the incident. This is the first time the school has experienced something like this, said Arguile. Although McNicoll is a teacher, Arguile said he was not known to St Anne’s.
“The school took appropriate action in apprehending the culprit and ensuring that a charge was laid. We then left it to the law to take its course. Parents have supported the school’s actions,” he said. In his statement, McNicoll said that he was a teacher living in China and would be returning there in August. It is understood that he is married and that his wife lives in China. Regional Magistrate ZW Ngwenya in sentencing McNicoll to five years imprisonment suspended the sentence for five years on condition that the accused does not commit a similar offence during the period of suspension. The accused has no previous convictions or pending cases. He was found guilty of “exposure or display of or causing exposure or display of genital organs to a child (‘flashing’)” in terms of the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act 37 of 2007. The public prosecutor in the case was S Twala. The accused was represented by N. Binessarrie through Legal Aid. McNicoll's mother said afterwards "he was just running and stopped to have a wheeze. He suffered terribly in prison." He is currently away on holiday.
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MRF speaks out on funds Kailene Pillay
he Msunduzi Rates Forum (MRF) said this week that the funds collected from ratepayers since 2009 are ‘safe and sound’ and the account has not had a single withdrawal in all its years. This came after Public Eye published an article last week on a war of words that erupted between the National Union of Residents’ and Ratepayers Association of South Africa (NURRA) and the MRF. The following questions were posed to the MRF who refused to answer in last week’s publication. According to the civic group, ‘it was not a case of refusing but rather a case of insufficient time to answer’. This week, the group answered the questions. Q: How much is being held in the trust? A: “Just a little over R90 000.” Q: When was this money collected and for what purpose? A: “The money was collected to challenge the municipality on
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the valuations in a court of law. It was collected since August 2009. A list of all those who paid is available and receipts were given to each person with a copy kept for our records.” Q: Why hasn’t it been used? If the MRF have been trying to find a lawyer since then, what is wrong with Pietermaritzburg lawyers? A: “Some lawyers in Pietermaritzburg have agreed to assist us however they have stated that payment to senior council such as advocates etc. will have to be made. This amounts to more than what we have already collected therefore we cannot go ahead with court proceedings as yet.” Q: How many members does the MRF have?
A: “Although we do have a lot of support, there are only 15 members in the working committee of the MRF.” When was the last AGM held? “We meet every Tuesday without fail. Since we were unsuccessful in getting other members, those that are present here are quite happy with the chairperson being Babs Sithapersad.” Q: Does the MRF have a constitution and is it properly constituted as a NPO? A: “Yes it does have a constitution and it is not run as an NPO.” Q: Can we see minutes of previous meetings? A: “Yes.” (Minutes have been viewed by Public Eye) Q: Have the finances of the MRF been audited? If so, when and by whom? A: “Finances have been audited by ESP Consulting in 2010. Since there were no changes to the funds since then, it did not warrant for a re-audit.”
letters to the editor
Lest we forget our pioneer educationists
abu Baijoo (The Witness, July 25) triggered me into recalling the efforts of Indians in Pietermaritzburg. The Baijoo, K.P.Maharaj and Maney families made significant contribution to early education. The late DR Singh made a important gift to education in the years gone by. Absenteeism was foreign in his school both for learners and educators. He rode a bicycle to school and many would recall that he fetched learners
from home to school, even providing them with uniforms. The late AD Lazarus, LM Naidoo, and SK Maharaj were all involved in the upliftment of education. My late father devoted his life to education and the community. Age never deterred him. It would be a late but worthy gift to Pietermaritzburg to see the Allandale Primary School return to its original name of Baijoo and Maharaj Primary School, together with its monogram.
The Woodlands Secondary School was relocated to Mysore Road. It must be no burden to acknowledge philanthropists. WA Lewitt Primary School is proudly named after Mrs Lewitt whose love and care for education is honoured. Similarly, Peter Hey Road acknowledges the contribution of a principled human being. What effort is made to record stalwarts in South Africa’s history? Ramesh Chandra Deeplaul Perth, Western Australia.
Councillors ‘out of touch’ with city needs
ommunity services chairperson Manilal Inderjit (Exco, Msunduzi Municipality) displayed a very careless attitude by stating that while other recreational facilities will suffer, the R6 million set aside for the upgrading of the Alexandra Pool is necessary. The vandalised Berg Street Swimming Baths is an example of the neglect of our municipality of
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its own asset. The pool in Hoosen Haffajee Street served the schools in the area and the city’s children after school and week-ends. Presently, the unfortunate children have to walk to Alexandra Pool as it is closest. City councillors are out of touch with the truth; they will dress up the city hall entrance with road works while pot holes in residential areas are ignored. The
Berg Street pool is about 48 years old and if the city acted quickly a few thousand rands would have saved this pool; now, R1 million is needed. It is impressive to spend R6 million to update the Alexandra Park at the expense of the former townships where not a single pool exists. U.E. RAWAT Northdale
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â€˜Petty complaintâ€™ about noisy dogs
he old saying, sly as an old fox symbolises K. Rajkumarâ€™s petty complaint. I rent a premises where we are surrounded by dogs, including my own two. Neighbours appreciate them as they certainly are a manâ€™s best friend and contribute to the safety of all around them. This is just a political stunt. I once petted a German shepherd puppy that Cllr Inderjith had at his shop, I saw the fondness for ani-
mals that his family had and saw them pleasantly pamper this little pup. They for a few days brought the pup to their store because they were concerned for the well being of this pup as their bigger dogs wanted to attack him. And they would take the little guy home every day when their store closed. His appreciation for animals earned this family my respect. Imagine putting the safety of an animal
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Jugwanth responds to detractors
have been writing to the media for well over four decades. Pre 1994 I candidly slammed the apartheid regime and in later years the tricameral system. Consequently, I received regular threats to halt me from exposing the truth. Undeterred I continued as I was committed to a democratic South Africa. Now in a democracy there are villains who find my pen a seri-
ous threat. These sociopaths and narcissists remain yellow-livered scumbags and rejects of apartheid. From time to time they harass my family. Inter-alia they have sent obscene short messages to my child (prior to RICA coming into legislation) and privileged legal documents to my family; a violation of attorney client privilege. I have had my home telephone tapped, had to change mobile numbers as the sociopaths would
not leave us alone. This is an open letter to my detractors; you will never put me down. You merely expose your insecurities and apartheid-learnt tactics. My pen remains mightier than the sword! Thank you Public Eye for publishing my letters that seem to irk cowards in this city.
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