A teacher was fired for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student who later committed suicide because she was heartbroken. The Education Labor Relations Council conducted an investigation after 16-year-old Mamko Kalake revealed her relationship to the teacher, Mathandowane Nhlapo, in suicide notes. She “committed suicide by swallowing her mother’s heart medication.” Evidence revealed that she was heartbroken after learning that Nhlapo “had had a girlfriend and that they were planning to build a future together.” This week, referee Shiraz Mahomed Osman ruled that Nhlapo should be fired after he was shown to have a sexual relationship with Mamko. The student committed suicide in January 2020 and Nhlapo was charged in October. This was after Mamko’s mother, Martha Mahlaba, notified the school. Nhlapo did not attend the hearing in January despite promising to do so.