DBE: More than 100,000 school sexual offence cases reported between 2014 & 2016

The Basic Education Department has also revealed that more than 42,000 primary and high school pupils fell pregnant between 2014 and 2016.

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CAPE TOWN - More than 100,000 sexual offence cases involving schoolchildren across the country have been reported to police over the last three years.

This is contained in a parliamentary reply by the Basic Education Department to a question posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The department has also revealed that more than 42,000 primary and high school pupils fell pregnant between 2014 and 2016.

The department says nearly 15,000 pupils fell pregnant in Gauteng between 2014 and 2016.

Although 2016 figures for Mpumalanga were not available, there were more than 12,000 such cases between 2014 and 2015.

Over 8,000 cases were reported in the Western Cape over a three-year period.

The department also referred more than 50,000 sexual offences cases to police for investigation for each of the years under review. These include incidents involving learners between grade 3 and matric.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)