Ottery boy (8) left with no school for five months after alleged rape by pupil

An Ottery mother says the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) has failed to help her following the rape of her eight-year-old son by another pupil who attends the same school.

It's alleged the incident occurred outside of school premises late last year, and the child has feared returning to the school since.

WCED spokesperson Millicent Merton says the mother of the victim successfully applied for another school in January but district officials were unable to make contact with the parent.

It is regrettable that the parent was not aware that the school was willing to accommodate her son.

Millicent Merton, Spokesperson at Western Cape Education Department

She says a police investigation is underway and the WCED is not responsible for probing matters that happen off school grounds.

Merton says it's unclear whether the matter was reported to the department, but advised that the district office would provide counselling support for the victim.

Meanwhile, Ottery community leader Melanie Arendse explains that two other peers were also allegedly raped by the 15-year-old perpetrator on the same day.

Arendse says police have not updated them on the progress of the investigation and the parents of the other children have not spoken out.

The alleged perpetrator, who is still a minor, has been accused of sexual assault in a separate incident before and has been placed in a diversion programme.

The alleged perpetrator is living in a safe-care home within the very same community of his peers and victims.

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