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Teacher in custody because of rape of a learner

Teacher in custody because of rape of a learner

Niel Terblanche

THE 37-year-old Sydney Somseb, a teacher at the Tamariskia Primary School in Swakopmund has been in custody for the past two weeks after he was charged with rape when it was revealed that he was involved with in a sexual relationship with an under aged female learner for the past two years.


Somseb stands accused of having started the relationship with the girl when she was still a learner at the school two years ago. The victim is currently in Grade 9 at one of the coastal town’s secondary schools.

The primary school teacher made his first appearance on the charge of rape in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on 9 October this year. He has been in police custody ever since after Magistrate Nelao Brown remanded him in custody until 20 November this year to allow the Namibian Police to investigate the matter further.


Detectives are still working on establishing when the sexual relationship between the teacher and the minor girl started and is also investigating the possibility of Somseb having carried on sexual relationships with other under aged victims.

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