Child-on-child sexual assault 'hard to probe'

Child Welfare says sexual assault cases implicating children are never easy to investigate.

The school in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain, where it's alleged a grade R pupil was raped by three grade 2 boys. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Child Welfare said cases of alleged sexual assault where children are thought to be the perpetrators are never easy to investigate.

The organisation made the statement after an internal investigation by the Western Cape Education Department into the rape of a five-year-old girl, allegedly by three young boys at a Mitchells Plain school last month, failed to conclusively prove a case of sexual assault.

Police are, however, still investigating the matter.

But Child Welfare's Niresh Ramklass said probing such cases has always been difficult.

"They haven't been proven guilty of anything at the moment. It's allegations and we have to assume they're innocent until proven otherwise. It's tough."