Pupils vic­tims of sex abuse at school for sec­ond time

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A SOWETO pri­mary school still reel­ing from the trauma of hav­ing 87 of its pupils sex­u­ally as­saulted has been plunged into an­other cri­sis of a sex­ual na­ture.

This fol­lows re­posts that a po­lice foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor – work­ing with the chil­dren to put their per­pe­tra­tor be­hind bars – al­legedly be­came the per­pe­tra­tor him­self by or­der­ing two girls to un­dress and then pro­ceeded to use his fin­gers to have sex with them.

The girls were among the group who was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted by the school’s se­cu­rity guard last year.

Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi re­vealed yes­ter­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tor al­legedly mo­lested the two Grade 3 pupils, aged seven and eight, at the school on Mon­day.

The man had gone to the school to pre­pare for the case against the se­cu­rity guard who was ar­rested late last year.

His trial was due to get un­der way in the Protea Mag­is­trate’s Court soon.

The prin­ci­pal and the en­tire se­nior man­age­ment of the school were dis­missed af­ter it emerged that they ap­par­ently knew that the guard was sex­u­ally abus­ing the chil­dren, but had kept quiet about it.

The lat­est case was re­ported to the Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment and po­lice yes­ter­day. Le­sufi said the mat­ter was later es­ca­lated to the po­lice’s Fam­ily and Child Ser­vices, whose mem­bers ar­rived at the school to in­ter­view the two learn­ers and their par­ents.

The girls were also taken for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions. A case was then opened against the in­ves­ti­ga­tor at Or­lando po­lice sta­tion. Le­sufi said the lat­est in­ci­dent was shock­ing and dis­turb­ing.

“A per­son en­trusted with pro­tect­ing chil­dren has vi­o­lated their trust and that of their par­ents. This man should meet the full might of the law.”

Le­sufi said it was cause for grief that the pair have be­come vic­tims for the sec­ond time.

“We are dis­mayed, sad­dened and dis­ap­pointed that the two learn­ers were also vic­tims in the case cur­rently be­fore the court,” said Le­sufi.

“The chil­dren have now be­come vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault twice by dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“It is re­gret­table that this oc­curred to the same learn­ers who were also vic­tims of the school pa­troller, and in the hands of some­one en­trusted to en­sure their safety,” he added.

Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Steve Mabona said the po­lice­man al­legedly told his vic­tims not to men­tion the mat­ter to their par­ents.

“Prob­a­bly be­cause the girls had a sense that what hap­pened is wrong, they then told their par­ents.

“The par­ents said no (this is wrong). They came to us yes­ter­day to ask about what pro­ce­dure to fol­low,” Mabona said.

“We said ‘no, no let’s go straight to the po­lice’. We then es­ca­lated the mat­ter to the leader of the fam­ily ser­vices.

“This is a dou­ble blow. These chil­dren are vic­tims of the pa­troller, now they are vic­tims of this one.”

The spokesper­son at the Or­lando po­lice sta­tion could not be reached for com­ment late yes­ter­day.

Mabona said they were ex­pect­ing an ar­rest to­day.

“Re­mem­ber, the case was re­ported in the af­ter­noon,” he pointed out.

Po­lice foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor al­legedly mo­lested the two girls

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