CT centre 'disturbed' by rape allegations

The St Michaels Home for Abused Teenage Girls is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse.

The St Michaels Home for Abused Teenage Girls is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse.

CAPE TOWN - The board of the St Michaels Home for Abused Teenage Girls in Plumstead on Monday said it was "disturbed" by allegations of sexual abuse at the facility.

However, it refused to comment on the matter because the claims are still being investigated.

A therapist and several employees told Eyewitness News management at the facility was aware that girls were molesting others, but turned a blind eye.

Therapist Annemie Daly said, "Concerns were raised in August when it came to our attention during a group therapy session that some of the girls were being raped at night."

The Department of Social Development has launched an investigation into the allegations.

The board's Bonita Hendricks said, "Because of the sensitive nature of the allegations and the minors involved, we cannot comment at this stage as the centre is currently under an external investigation."

South Africa is currently battling with an increase in rape cases.

According to statistics, a woman is raped every four minutes.