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Cape Town - A Grade 11 pupil at a Maitland school was found by fellow pupils in the toilets, her hands tied and mouth gagged.
She had apparently been sexually assaulted.
Bronagh Casey, spokeswoman for Education MEC Donald Grant, said it was unclear if the perpetrator came from within the school or from outside the premises.
Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said
: “The girl is still traumatised and shocked and cannot speak to the investigating officer.”
Meanwhile, school officials were investigating the alleged rapes of two boys in the hostel of a school near Ceres.
Paddy Attwell, Western Cape education spokesman, said it was alleged two Grade 7 boys raped the Grade 1 boys.
“The school heard the allegations while investigating the alleged abuse of dagga on August 16. The school informed the parents, who will lay charges.”
Police spokesman Tembinkosi Kinana said
: “…The boys were examined by a doctor who could not find anything relating to allegations.”
* A 25-year-old man, accused of raping a four-month-old girl and a seven-year-old boy on a Ceres farm, was expected to apply for bail on Friday.
After a search, police found the suspect in a hospital in Worcester and arrested him.