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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Image via Twitter/@GPEducation1

Lesufi ‘furious’ about alleged rape of Grade 1 learner at Gauteng school

A General Assistant from a Gauteng primary school allegedly raped a Grade 1 learner when she asked to use the bathroom earlier this month.

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Image via Twitter/@GPEducation1

A Grade 1 learner from Gauteng was allegedly raped by an employee of the school earlier this month. The provincial MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, said he was furious about the situation on Tuesday, 10 August and called on the public to step forward and provide law enforcement agencies with information.


According to the Gauteng Education Department, the alleged sexual assault took place at Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve, Pretoria, on 2 August. Initial reports indicate that the victim, a Grade 1 learner, asked to use the bathroom during school hours and was raped by a General Assistant at the school. She told her mother about the incident on the evening of Tuesday, 3 August.

“We are disturbed and angered by the allegations of sexual assault of a Grade 1 at Khensani Primary in Soshanguve,” said Lesufi.

“We always strive to make our schools safe havens for our learners and are angry that a young girl has, allegedly, been raped at one of our schools. We call on everyone with any information that can help in this matter to contact law enforcement agencies,” added the MEC.


The Gauteng Department of Education’s Pyscho-social Unit visited the school and offered support to the family of the victim, according to Lesufi. He said the learner had received medical attention and is not back at school yet. The South African Police Service (SAPS) is investigating the matter and a case – CASE: 57/08/2021 – has been opened.

“We condemn any actions which place our learners in danger and will continue to call on the police to act swiftly on such matters so that we can continue to ensure that our schools are safe for all learners,” said Lesufi.