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Former scholar patrol guard cleared of all counts of sex abuse at Soweto school

Johannes Molefe was accused of abusing dozens of children from the AB Xuma Primary School last year.

FILE: The AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando, Soweto, where more than 80 pupils were allegedly sexually assaulted by a scholar patrol guard. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Palm Ridge Magistrates Court has acquitted a former Soweto school guard accused of sexual abuse of all the charges against him.

Johannes Molefe was accused of abusing dozens of children from the AB Xuma Primary School last year.

The 58-year-old man faced three counts of rape and 11 of sexual assault.

Judge Peet Johnson has found that the State failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt that the former school guard allegedly sexually abused dozens of young girls from the school.

Johnson went as far as describing this case as a comedy of errors.

The judge slammed the police, teachers and the Teddy Bear Clinic for the manner in which they handled this case.

Johnson said most of the children who testified did not have documents to support their statements including no medical records.

The acting judge says after studying all the evidence put before him, it was clear that there may have been a suspicion that Molefe acted inappropriately, without supporting evidence.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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