Inquiry about girl’s rape at school ‘inconclusive’

IOL jan 5 school shoes INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS File picture

Cape Town - A disciplinary hearing against the young pupils who allegedly raped a Grade R girl at a Mitchells Plain school has been inconclusive.

The little girl was attacked by three Grade 2 boys on the school grounds on March 4.

At the time, the girl’s father told the Cape Argus that the incident had happened while the girl had been waiting for her transport home from school.

He said she usually waited in an office, but that day she had been “chased out” by a staff member.

She was told the boys would kill her if she reported the incident.

Western Cape Education Department spokesman Paddy Attwell said the disciplinary hearing held by the school’s governing body had been inconclusive.

The accused boys had denied any wrongdoing.

Attwell said the circuit manager responsible for school management and governance had kept in regular contact with the girl’s father.

“The manager and a social worker arranged with Safeline to provide counselling, as required, in consultation with the father. Safeline specialises in child abuse treatment and prevention.”

Attwell said an investigation of the way in which the school had dealt with the matter had not yet been completed.

The girl’s father previously told the Cape Argus that the first he knew about the incident was when the school asked him to visit to discuss his daughter’s transport. There was no indication she had been raped. He said when he and his wife visited the school days after the incident he saw his daughter’s teacher who asked about her progress. They then found out about the attack.

The father said that, at a meeting later in the month, which had been arranged by social workers, the parents of the boys apologised to him and his wife.

He said he was disappointed in the way the matter was dealt with.

The girl stopped going to school after that. Her father said she had been traumatised and became “shaky” whenever males visited the house.

On Monday, the father said the girl had been enrolled at a school in Sea Point. “She is enjoying the school. She is doing better.”

But the girl’s teacher was concerned because she was frequently exhausted, he said.

[email protected]

Cape Argus



sign up