By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC: Education:
Reports this morning suggest that two of three victims of alleged rape at the Kutamela Molefi Primary school in Tshwane are forced to attend school along with the boys accused of this crime.
This is completely unacceptable and the DA calls on the school and relevant department officials to suspend the boys immediately pending an investigation.
Further, the department needs to do more to ensure that the girls are given every support they need in this difficult time.
This includes alternative transport should they wish to attend a different school, as well as counselling and victim support from the Department of Social Development.
They should not have to return to the scene of their alleged rape and especially not have to face those that are accused of assaulting them.
I will urgently contact Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, to ensure that both his department and other relevant officials provide the safety nets that these girls so desperately need.
We will also approach Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Faith Mazibuko to have all three victims enrolled immediately in victim support programmes.
It is a measure of our society how we respond to our most vulnerable groups in times of such brutality.
These girls, their families and the greater community of Lethabong need to know that everything will be done to help them through this trauma and to ensure that their futures are not compromised.