‘Gay’ teacher fined for proposing to male pupil


A SUSPECTED gay teacher at St Columba’s High School in Makokoba was on Friday last week fined $200 for sending love messages to a 15-year-old Form 4 boy.


Nkosilathi Gadhlula (26) of Gwabalanda pleaded guilty to contravening Section 88 (a) of the Post and Telecommunication Act Chapter 12:05 (sending by telephone any message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent and obscene nature) when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa.

Gadhlula was convicted and fined $200 or three months in jail.

The court heard that the boy, who cannot be named, was in one of Gadhlula’s classes until he left the school on February 4 this year. It was the State’s case that between February 8 and 26, Gadhlula sent love messages to the boy who responded in a consenting manner.

The conversation between the two suspected gay lovers was printed out on four full pages and an extra eight lines on a fifth page.
In some of the exchanged messages, Gadhlula wrote to the boy: “Mor sweeter that yu lve (sic). Super my love, uhambe kahle kodwa (did you travel well)?”

The teacher further wrote: “Dud yu mkn me jelus gaya, ken, join yu (sic)”.

The boy responded: “And ma kis yaphelela ngaph’ (sic)?”

Gadhlula also wrote: “Dud, but I so wanted thoz lips soo mch, wher yu gona giv me (sic)? So empty without yo face dud (sic).”

The messages were intercepted by the boy’s parents who questioned him and he revealed that he was chatting with his ex-teacher.

The parents reported the matter to the police leading to Gadhlula’s arrest.

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