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Johannesburg - Outrage over recent a report of sexual abuse of pupils at a Soweto school continues to grow, with authorities now being urged to ensure justice is served for the victims. 

Earlier this week, the community of Orlando East was left shocked after news emerged that 54 schoolgirls had allegedly been sexually violated by the school’s security guard.

The Gauteng Department of Education then swiftly dismissed the guard, who was also arrested and charged with three counts of rape and one of indecent assault. 

He has since appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court, where the matter was postponed to next week. 

The DA is the latest organisation to speak out on the matter, expressing concern at reports of assault that have emerged. 

"We are deeply concerned about reports of sexual harassment that have allegedly taken place the school.

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"The DA urges the Gauteng Department of Education to urgently assist the investigation in any way possible."

The party, which staged a silent protest outside the school, added that it condemned any form of sexual abuse and said it stood in solidarity with the community. 

"We urge authorities to act swiftly to ensure that justice is done. We urge all residents and learners to continue reporting cases of abuse against our children."