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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — A se­cu­rity guard ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing up to 54 girls at a Soweto pri­mary school where he worked, ap­peared briefly in the Protea North Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

He was re­manded into cus­tody un­til Oc­to­ber 18, when he will be ex­pected to apply for bail.

Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­ son Steve Mabona said the man was ar­rested on Mon­day after a case was opened by two pupils — one in Grade 2 and one in Grade 6. Mabona said the two girls re­ported that the in­ci­dents took place since Fe­bru­ary 2016.

“Since the case has been opened, dur­ing in­ter­ac­tion with learn­ers it was then es­tab­lished that he [al­legedly] as­saulted 54 girls at the school.”

Mabona said so­cial work­ers and a team from the Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment have been de­ployed to the school.

“As you can imag­ine, the case is quite sen­si­tive and after in­ves­ti­ga­tions by our team we will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion at the school,” he said. — News24.

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