Western Cape rape primary school

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WCED confirm four primary school students raped by fellow learners

It’s beyond horrifying, and has left us lost for words. The victims were in Grades 4 and 5, but the perpetrators are Grade 6 and 7 students in the Western Cape.

Western Cape rape primary school

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) revealed on Wednesday that four students at a primary school in the province were sodomised by three learners in Grade 7, and one pupil in Grade 6.

The utterly devastating news was shared by the office of Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer. They report that a criminal investigation is underway, as authorities decide what to do with the perpetrators. The school in question – which cannot be named for legal reasons – has already recommended expulsion following a disciplinary hearing.

Western Cape government issue a response

Jessica Shelver is a spokesperson for Schafer and the WCED. She revealed the heartbreaking details of this incident, which was reported back in November 2018 but only made public knowledge this week.

“There were four alleged perpetrators – two reportedly were observers (one of which reportedly locked the door to the school library and instructed two learners to commit the sexual act), and two were allegedly involved in the sexual acts. Of those four perpetrators, one learner was in Grade 6 in 2018 and three learners were in Grade 7.”

“We are absolutely appalled by this incident. It is of great concern to us that learners of such a young age are engaging in this kind of behaviour. It is learned at home, in communities and perhaps at schools too. We have to do everything possible as a society to make our world a safer place for the children in our care.”

Western Cape Education Department

Cape Winelands community left reeling

The shocking information has devastated the local community, as well as the education department. Three parents of those targeted have moved their children to a nearby school, with one remaining at the facility where this heinous crime took place. The victims who were in Grades 4 and 5 respectively, are now being visited once every two weeks by social workers from WCED.

Through a statement issued on Wednesday, Schafer vowed to keep the best interests of all local learners at heart, and insisted that their safety is both the responsibility of the department and society outside of an educational environment. SAPS have confirmed their criminal investigation is still ongoing.