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Officials fear number of sex abuse victims at Soweto school could rise

The Commission for Gender Equality says it’s outraged at the molestation of school pupils and will now be taking the matter forward.

Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the Gauteng Education Department finalises a report into how many pupils have been affected by sexual abuse at a Soweto primary school, officials fear the number could rise.

A 57-year-old school guard was arrested last week for allegedly molesting at least 87 girls.

Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with parents at the Orlando East primary school on Sunday, where he confirmed that his department is now dealing with yet another case of sexual abuse, this time at a high school in Pretoria.

While the department is grappling with cases of sexual assault, Lesufi says that they're now dealing with another case also involving a school guard at a high school in Mamelodi.

“The said person was caught in the act by teachers

Lesufi says he's now is looking at remodelling the entire process used to vet school guards across the province.

“We want to consolidate and have the common process that all of us agree on.”

The MEC is due to visit the Pretoria school later today.

Meanwhile, the Commission for Gender Equality says it’s outraged at the molestation of school pupils and will now be taking the matter forward.

The commission says it’s particularly concerned that the pupils suffer at the hands of those meant to protect them.

Spokesperson Javu Baloyi says they will be meeting with Lesufi.

“We are saddened by the unfolding events on this matter and we will be joining the MEC tomorrow.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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