Molested pupils soar from 54 to 83
THE NUMBER of Soweto primary school pupils allegedly molested by a security guard has increased from 54 to a shocking 83, the Gauteng Department of Education confirmed yesterday.
This emerged as furious parents held a meeting last night to discuss the traumatic developments.
Confirming the increase, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi tweeted: “Sadly, the number of learners who were allegedly sexually assaulted by the guard at a primary school in Soweto has increased to 83.”
The suspect was arrested on Monday and appeared at the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He is in custody and is due to appear in court again on Wednesday.
The department confirmed that the principal and the senior management of the school were dismissed with immediate effect and stated that it will engage the school governing body to establish why it should not be dissolved.
An independent body has also been appointed to investigate all the allegations levelled against the principal and the school’s management. POLITICAL interference and the lack of political will could lead to the murder of former ANCYL general secretary Sindiso Magaqa remaining unsolved, his close political associate told the Moerane Commission yesterday.
On his second day of testimony, the former ANCYL Harry Gwala region secretary, Thabiso Zulu, said the killing of suspects implicated in political murders had become the order of the day in KwaZuluNatal.
He said this was done to pro-
The department also confirmed that it was offering counselling to the learners, who were mostly believed to be in Grade R.
A multi-disciplinary team made up of officials from Gauteng’s education, social development and health departments as well the Teddy Bear Clinic is providing counselling for the pupils. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Lesufi said.
“We remain grateful to all the stakeholders, especially the Teddy Bear Clinic and social support services. And I am grateful that the department has prioritised this matter, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Lesufi added.
The ANC Women’s League praised the parents who reported the matter to police.
RIVALS RIDDEN OVERPICTURE: EPA
OUTRAGED: Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi fired the principal and management.