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Lesufi ponders task team to tackle sexual assault at schools

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has confirmed two more cases have come to light, this time at schools in Hammanskraal and Bronkhorstpruit in Tshwane.

Gauteng Education MEC Payaza Lesufi. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With the emergence of more cases of sexual abuse at Gauteng schools, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he's now considering establishing a task team to investigate all the crimes.

Lesufi has confirmed two more cases have come to light, this time at schools in Hammanskraal and Bronkhorstspruit in Tshwane.

At least five schools in the province have been rocked by sexual assault over the past few weeks, mostly implicating scholar patrolmen.

Lesufi says it's a clear a team urgently needs to be set up to deal with sexual abuse cases at schools to make it easier for parents to report such crimes.

“There are some cases that are old that parents felt they reported to a school, but no one came. There are cases that are new.”

Lesufi says his department is now dealing with two cases which implicate a choirmaster and yet another scholar patrolman in Tshwane.

The MEC is planning to meet all school guards who work under the community safety forum to discuss their future in the schooling environment.

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