The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has provisionally closed their investigaton into allegations of sexual misconduct against former Bishops Diocesan College teacher Fiona Viotti, due to lack of evidence.

In 2019, allegations emerged that Viotti had a sexual relationship with a teenage pupil at the school.

An independent investigation by the school found that the boy who came forward was one of at least five students who have had sexual relations with the water polo coach between 2013 and 2019. Viotti resigned, and was booked into a mental health facility.

The SACE began their own investigation into the matter but have now been forced to close the case as witnesses refuse to cooperate.

According to the SACE’s spokesperson Themba Ndhlovu, none of the parents of these boys will allow them to speak to the SACE.

On December 3, the council presented their investigation report to the ethics committee and explained that they have no choice but to provisionally close the case due to a lack of cooperation and evidence. If they witnesses decide to cooperate in future, the case may be reopened.

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