GDE reviews policy on how to deal with rape cases

In the last two months, the department has had to respond to two gang rapes at primary schools.

In the last two months, the department has had to respond to two gang rapes at primary schools. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says it will now review its policies to find how best schools can manage rape cases.

In the last two months the department has had to respond to two gang rapes at primary schools.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the handling of a recent gang rape at the Rebontsheng Primary School shows a concerning lack of awareness among teaching staff.

"Someone somewhere did not learn their responsibilities, because everyone must manage their work station. If you don't manage your work station, you have to move."

This week the department was called in to the Rebontsheng Primary School in Vosloorus to investigate the rape of two pupils.

A month before that, disciplinary processes were implemented against two school boys at a Pretoria East primary school who were accused of raping three fellow pupils.

LISTEN: Listen as the father of an seven-year-old girl speaks to 702's John Robbie after his daughter was gang-raped at a school in Vosloorus.

In both cases the conduct of teachers handling the incidents has had to be investigated, following complaints from the victims' parents.

Lesufi says he's concerned that numerous social influences are seeing violent and sexual behaviour displayed by school children.

He says it's worrying that pupils are exposed to explicit content on social media and mainstream television.

"There are some institutions, before the required time, they've got movies or films that are encouraging this kind of sexual relations openly, on television. We just have to nip this thing in the bud, and people must understand that we're protecting the young ones here."