Teen raped by robbers
THE special needs pupil who was raped by a fellow learner during school hours has been sitting at home for the past three months as the Department of Education is unable to transfer her to another school.
Last month, POST reported that the 13-year-old girl, from Phoenix, was allegedly raped during a school lunch break in March.
She claimed that the 15-year-old boy, who allegedly assaulted her, had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Since the alleged rape, the girl’s mother said her daughter had lost weight and had been acting bizarre.
Her mom caught her burning herself with a hot hair straightener and crushing a light bulb with her fingers.
When she was questioned about why she was harming herself, she told her mother she did not want to go back to the school.
Her family only discovered in August that a learner had allegedly raped the girl and threatened to stab her.
The child’s mother said: “Since August, she refuses to go back to the school. When we mention the school, she starts panicking. She is afraid and traumatised and goes for counselling to help her overcome her ordeal.”
Despite numerous attempts to have her daughter transferred to another school, the mother said officials from the Department of Education at the Phoenix district office had told her it was not possible because there was no other government school in the area that could accommodate her child.
“My daughter attended mainstream school until the age of 10. Her teacher found she was not catching on to what was being taught and an assessment was done. It found she was a slow learner and she was transferred to the school.”
The unemployed mother of two said they could not afford to enrol their daughter at a private special needs school.
“While she is receiving counselling, we think it is important for her to continue with her education. She is a slow learner and already missed out on so much of work. It is unfair the boy is still in school receiving an education, while my daughter is at home scared.”
The school principal declined to comment.
The spokesperson for the Department of Education in KZN, Muzi Mhlambi, said the matter was still under investigation.