Parents furious over Orlando school’s handling of sexual harassment matter

At least 54 pupils were allegedly assaulted by a school patroller at an Orlando East school.

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JOHANNESBURG - Parents from a school in Soweto say they’re furious that they learnt about sexual harassment allegations involving at least 54 pupils from the media and not from the school's management.

It’s understood a 57-year-old school patroller targeted girls from grades R to grade 7. He was arrested on Monday after parents opened a case with the police.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school in Orlando East on Wednesday afternoon.

Community members have slammed the school for the way in which it’s handled the sexual harassment case against the patroller.

One parent says if it wasn't for media reports parents would still be in the dark.

“It was hurting for parents to be reading about the school where their children are, [and] not informed by the school.”


The Gauteng Education Department will be offering counselling to at least 54 pupils at a primary school in Soweto after the incident.

Lesufi expressed his disappointment in the way in which the case was handled by both the school and the district.

He says this incident has highlighted problems in the way schools handle such cases.

“I mean if we have to reach at 54 it means all of our systems that need to identify this problem have collapsed.”

Lesufi says they will be offering the affected pupils the support that they need.

“I want to extend my sincere regret to the affected parents, I’m out of words that their children had to go through this pain in an institution that one is responsible for."

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