Gauteng Education Dept: Law taking its course in sex abuse case

It still remains to be seen whether the principal and teachers from a Soweto school where a patroller allegedly sexually abused over 80 girls will be called as witnesses.

Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It still remains to be seen whether the principal and teachers from a Soweto school where a patroller allegedly sexually abused over 80 girls will be called as witnesses.

The 57-year-old guard was arrested earlier this month after the allegations came to light when a parent laid a complaint at the school in Orlando east.

Some parents have expressed concern that the principal and several teachers knew about the alleged sexual abuse but told the children not to speak out.

The Gauteng Education Department says that the law is now taking its course in the matter.

Spokesperson Steve Mabona said: "So we can’t go into witnesses now, it will be premature to even talk about that. We will be led by them as to what is really happening. As you know, as the Education Department, our focus is more on making sure that the counselling process at the school continues."