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SAHRC concerned over sexual abuse at schools

23 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has expressed concern over the increasing cases of sexual abuse at schools.

The commission yesterday visited the Curro Academy in Mahikeng, North West, following reports that a nine-year-old boy was raped at the school while waiting for transport. The school failed to produce CCTV footage of the school's premises showing the incident due to load-shedding occurring during the alleged incident.
Chairperson Bongani Majola has expressed shock at the incident and said in a statement the commission notes the investigation by the police and urge that the perpetrator be brought to book.

Majola said schools are meant to be places of safety, where children's rights are protected and afforded opportunities to pursue their education.
He highlighted that they have met with the Head of the school and the commission will look into the matter and monitor the ongoing investigations.

Earlier this month it was reported that an 11-year-old boy was a police suspect in a case involving the rape of a six-year-old girl on the premises of a primary school in Mpumalanga.

Toward the end of 2018, Johannesburg High Court acquitted Johannes Molefe of all charges of sexual assault. Molefe, a school patroller, was accused of sexually assaulting pupils from AB Xuma Primary School and was on trial for three counts of rape and 11 of sexual assault. 702 reported that the court found that the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Molefe sexually assaulted the pupils aged 5-12 in 2017.
The judgment caused an uproar from community members saying they have been failed by the justice system.

Source: OFM News

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