Aug 18, 2022

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EC education department warns pupils, teachers after 13-year-old ‘gang-raped’ in hostel

The Eastern Cape Ministry of Education, MEC Fundile Gade, has condemned a recent incident in which three high school boys allegedly raped a 13-year-old 8th grade girl in the school’s dorm.

The Ministry said the incident allegedly happened on June 6 but was not formally reported to him until Friday.

“As a department, we will always side with the victim. As such, we do everything in our power to support the family and the victim. We’re trying to expedite our investigations while methodically combing through the critical information and observing the law,” Gade said.

His spokeswoman, Vuyiseka Mboxela, said the matter was receiving attention from the education board and health departments.

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“A social worker has been assigned by the department to assist the victim and family during this time,” Mboxela said, adding that the victim is receiving support and counseling at Frontier Hospital in Queenstown.

< p>“A case was opened at the local police station and… the boys were arrested and released on bail. Internally, the department has also initiated proceedings against the alleged perpetrators, which is why disciplinary proceedings are pending against them. Because the matter is very sensitive, the department is monitoring it closely and getting constant updates on progress, working closely with the social worker and family,” she said.

Gade warned students and teachers that incidents could occur will not be tolerated.

“We will see that justice is done for the victim. In addition, we are observing that a new pandemic is emerging in our societies. This pandemic is manifested either through a boy raping female classmates, or through the extraordinary, extreme scenarios where a male teacher rapes or is having an affair with a girl, or a female teacher is having an affair with a boy. Both are direct redundancy offenses if found guilty so be warned,” Gade said.

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