Molested children subjected to more sexual abuse allegedly at hands of police

A SAPS forensic officer appointed to investigate the molestation of minors at AB Xuma school in Soweto by a scholar patrolman, has allegedly assaulted 7 and 8-year-old children he was meant to protect.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi says the department assembled a strong team to investigate and protect the 80 minors who were allegedly assaulted by the scholar patrol at the school.

However, the parents of the two children have opened a case of sexual assault against the SAPS official who was meant to glean info from the children regarding the incident last year.

When we had a briefing session with the team, they alerted us that they picked this up. We immediately told them to go and verify so that we are dead sure and they did that and we allowed the family members to go open a case.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education

Lesufi says according to the information they have, the incident happened on the on Monday 12th of March where the investigator visited the victims to prepare for their court appearance. He says the children related the matter to the team that they are not comfortable with the investigating officer.

The two children that are in grade 3,aged 8 and 7, they really feel this guy sexually assaulted them.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education

READ: AB Xuma Primary: 'Parents are agitated and angry'

The MEC says the parents the laid sexual assault charge instead of rape based on the advise of the police. This is what the CRIMINAL LAW (SEXUAL OFFENCES AND RELATED MATTERS) AMENDMENT ACT 32 OF 2007 defines rape as follows:

Nsizwa Luthuli who is a School Governing Member (SGB) says they are "bleeding" as the community after hearing of this alleged assualt. He says as a school they are devastated.

Just as we are wrestling the process of feeling and trying to find closure on this matter so that we can emerge stronger as a school; here comes another blow.

Nsizwa Luthuli, AB Xuma SGB

It leaves us with a number of questions and one of them is our society is sick. Our society is sick! If we entrust our security in the hands of the police and they disappoint us in this matter in whom should we trust in future. It means our children are not safe.

Nsizwa Luthuli, AB Xuma SGB

Nsizwa says the families of the two children are confused, hurt and disappointed. He says what has happened makes the family numb.

The clinical director at the Teddy Bear clinic Dr Shaheda Omar says this shocking and alarming but it confirms that perpetrators are ordinary people.

We find that opportunistic pedophiles and sexual predators will use their very positions of power and authority to access children.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Clinical director at the Teddy Bear clinic

For me the concern is the children because the very system that are supposed to protect children seems to have now re-violated children. So the issue of trust is so important because how are our children are ever going to trust again.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Clinical director at the Teddy Bear clinic

Listen to what the teddy bear clinic thinks should be the punishment for rape of a minor...


This article first appeared on 702 : Molested children subjected to more sexual abuse allegedly at hands of police


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