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EC education department probes alleged gang-rape incident of 13-year-old girl

The Eastern Cape department of Education says it is investigating after three high school boys allegedly gang raped a 13-year-old girl and fellow pupil at the school’s premises.

The Eastern Cape department of Education says it is investigating after three high school boys allegedly gang raped a 13-year-old girl and fellow pupil at the school’s premises.

Published Jul 3, 2022

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Cape Town - The Eastern Cape department of Education says it is investigating after three high school boys allegedly gang raped a 13-year-old girl and fellow pupil at the school’s premises in Komani last month.

The Maria Louw high school boys were arrested and released on bail following the incident which allegedly occurred at the school’s hostel in June, according to the department.

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The department said the victim is getting all the necessary support and counselling.

The Eastern Cape department of education MEC Fundile Gade condemned the incident.

“As the department we will always side with the victim as such we are doing everything in our power to support the family and the victim. We are trying to speed up our investigation while methodically combing through the critical information and observing the law at the same time” said Gade.

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“We shall make sure that justice is served for the victim. Additionally, we are observing that there's a new pandemic emerging in our societies. This pandemic is manifesting itself through either a boy child raping other fellow women students or the extraordinary extreme two scenarios that of a male teacher raping or having an affair with the girl child or a women teacher having a relationship with a boy child both of these two are straight dismissal offenses should you be found guilty so be warned. The department has also opened a case against the alleged perpetrators and as such there is a pending disciplinary hearing against them."

Cape Times

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