Pupils 'inappropriately touched' by police

Boksburg pupils were allegedly inappropriately touched by police during a drug search.

Boksburg High School. Picture: bokhs.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education has launched an investigation into claims that female pupils at Boksburg High School were allegedly inappropriately touched by police officers during a drug search.

So far, two schoolgirls have come forward claiming they had their breasts and buttocks grabbed before female officers felt their private parts.

The South African Police Service and Ekurhuleni Metro Police conducted the search on Tuesday along with sniffer dogs. No drugs were found.

The department's Gershwin Chuenyane says his department head will join forces with community safety to investigate these claims.

He urged parents whose children were involved to lay formal complaints.

This 16-year-old pupil has corroborated claims made by a fellow pupil's mother saying she felt humiliated.

"She [the police officer] felt my boobs then she rubbed down the side of my body, then she felt my bum and felt between my legs. So I felt really uncomfortable."

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says the matter will be investigated when parents lodge complaints with the Boksburg police station commissioner.