Between 2013 and 2019, while working as a teacher at Bishops College in Rondebosch, Cape Town, Fiona Viotti pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with at least five pupils.
This is according to a statement issued by the school on Monday. Principal Guy Pearson says in the statement that it was determined after interviews with involved parties.
“As the teacher resigned immediately on October 11, the school cannot take any disciplinary action against these offenses,” he says.
“The investigators found that the teacher acted in violation of the school’s code of conduct for teaching staff and the code of professional ethics of the South African Council for Educators (Saro),” the statement states.
“The investigators informed the school of their duty to report it to the appropriate authorities,” Pearson says. “The school is cooperating with the authorities in this regard.”
Pearson could not specify by publication what steps had been taken.
“The investigators did not receive any information indicating that the school knew anything about pupils’ sexual misconduct before it was revealed in the media,” Pearson’s statement states. “The principal was first notified on October 10.”
“The school also made the parents of the boys concerned aware of their rights and responsibilities in this matter,” Pearson says.
The attorneys and senior advocates who conducted the investigation were unable to ascertain with certainty to whom Viotti sent explicit videos or photos circulated on social media.
Adv. Francois van Zyl SC of the Cape Bar and Graeme Dorrington of Dorrington Jessop attorneys conducted the investigation.
The school has previously said the results of the investigation will be withheld until after the matric exam.