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By unknown | Feb 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei and Tebogo Monama

Kamogelo Seekoei and Tebogo Monama

Thousands of high school pupils converged on Merafe Railway Station in Soweto yesterday after attending the trial of the men accused of raping and murdering 14-year-old Thato Radebe.

Thulani Mthembu, a member of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and a pupil at Doornkop High School, said the pupils were protesting Thato's senseless killing. Their presence at the station was to ensure that any pupils travelling would do so safely.

"Our message is that girl pupils have to be safe," he said, adding that girls should be free to go home after school without fear of being attacked or raped.

Thulani emphasised that Cosas worked with the police and Metrorail security guards to maintain order at train stations.

"We are now going to move to another train station and make sure there is no violence. The pupils are really angry," he said.

Police said the situation was under control and there had been no violence.


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