Num­ber of abused pri­mary school kids now 83

Top man­age­ment and prin­ci­pal re­moved

Sowetan - - News - By Si­bongile Mashaba –Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Naledi Shange

The num­ber of pupils who were al­legedly sexually as­saulted by a pa­troller at a Soweto pri­mary school has in­creased to 83.

This comes a day after the 56year-old guard ap­peared in the Protea Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of sex­ual as­sault.

This week, Sowe­tan re­ported that 54 pupils at AB Xuma Pri­mary School in Or­lando East had come for­ward with al­le­ga­tions that they were sexually as­saulted by the man.

“It is with great sad­ness to in­form that we have just re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from of­fi­cials that the num­ber of sexually as­saulted learn­ers at AB Xuma Pri­mary has in­creased to 83,” said Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment spokesman Steve Mabona yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier in the day, Mabona an­nounced that the prin­ci­pal and the en­tire se­nior man­age­ment at the school had been re­moved with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He said the de­part­ment will en­gage with the School Gov­ern­ing Body to es­tab­lish rea­sons why it should not be dis­solved.

Mabona said an in­de­pen­dent body had been ap­pointed to in­ves­ti­gate all al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against the prin­ci­pal and man­age­ment.

He said they were sat­is­fied with the coun­selling process con­ducted by a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team, made up of de­part­ment of­fi­cials, de­part­ments of so­cial devel­op­ment, health and the Teddy Bear Clinic.

The pa­troller was re­manded in cus­tody and is ex­pected to ap­pear again next week. Mean­while, ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi said bring­ing in se­cu­rity per­son­nel to pro­tect pupils who al­leged they had been racially in­sulted by a hand­ful of teach­ers at the Klip­spruit West High School in El­do­rado Park was “not ideal but was pro­duc­tive”.

He was an­swer­ing ques­tions by the SA Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion on how his of­fice had han­dled the racism al­le­ga­tions that re­sulted in the dis­rup­tion at the school.

Le­sufi said the com­mu­nity‚ teach­ers and af­fected par­ents had ac­cepted the in­tro­duc­tion of the se­cu­rity per­son­nel as a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion.

/ VELI NHLAPO

The AB Xuma Pri­mary School in Or­lando East where a pa­troller is ac­cused of abus­ing many pupils.

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