WCED: Rape victim (8) placed in new school after 'falling through the cracks'

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has confirmed that an Ottery child has been placed in a new school, five months after his mother had initially applied.

The 8-year-old boy was without a school since January after he was allegedly raped by another pupil who attended his former school.

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

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

WCED spokesperson Millicent Merton says the mother applied for school placement elsewhere, but the district officials were unable to get ahold of the mother because of miscommunication.

There was this total break down in contact between the department and the parent.

Millicent Merton, Spokesperson at Western Cape Education Department

Unfortunately, this is one case that fell through the cracks.

Millicent Merton, Spokesperson at Western Cape Education Department

Take a listen to the WCED's response:

At the same time, Lieutenant-Colonel Hermien Titlestad-van Zyl explained the police procedure that is taken when investigating rape involving minors.

Take a listen:

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