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'It’s us who have failed these children'

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has taken full responsibility for failing to protect 83 primary school pupils who were molested allegedly by a security guard at a Soweto school.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: @EducationGP/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has taken full responsibility for failing to protect 83 primary school pupils who were molested allegedly by a security guard at a Soweto school.

A 57-year-old patrolman was arrested this week for allegedly molesting girls from grade R to grade 7.

Lesufi has removed the principal and management while an independent body investigates the allegations against the Orlando East Primary School.

The MEC has acknowledged that he and the entire education system have failed the pupils.

“It’s us who have failed these children, we must take responsibility. We’re not clean as well. These children were brought to us to defend and to care for them, we failed that.

“So it must not be confined to people that are only at the school, the entire education system has failed these children and we must take responsibility.”

WATCH: Soweto primary school pupils allegedly sexually harassed

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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