Sun Oct 23 09:55:54 SAST 2016
‘How varsity protest forced me to live in a shelter’

The Fees Must Fall protests had dire consequences for café employee Eddie at the University of Cape .

'ASSaulted' child hides

By unknown | Oct 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The schoolgirl who was allegedly assaulted and kicked in her private parts by three teachers until she bled is in hiding.

The girl, Audrey Masekele, a grade 10 pupil at the Kgapane High School in Modjadjiskloof, has been removed from the Kgapane hospital. She has been taken to a safehouse in Limpopo.

Bolobedu police spokesman Captain Freddy Maenetja said the move comes after the mother of the girl allegedly received anonymous threats claiming the girl's assault story was a fabrication.

Maenetja said the situation worsened after the three teachers accused of the attack were suspended. He said the police were investigating allegations that the child's mother had been threatened to withdraw the case.

"The girl's safety is now our biggest priority and we will arrest anyone who interferes with her or her mother's safety," Maenetja said.

He was referring to yesterday's visit to the girl's mother by officials from the Department of Education and teachers and pupils from the school who allegedly dispute the girl's claims.

"This is a police case and it can only be dealt with by the police or by a court of law," Maenetja said.

"Those who intimidate the girl or force her mother to withdraw the case will face the full might of the law."

The girl's mother, Mamotshabo Nora Ngobeni, said she intended to remove her child from the school.

The three teachers, Mohale Mopai, 53, Kingscorn Maepa, 28, and Josies Lediga, 40, were suspended a fortnight ago.

This came after they allegedly took turns in assaulting and kicking the distraught 15-year-old girl until she bled in the school staff room after she allegedly failed to read to them.


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT