Raped while swimming

Sakhile Mokoena and Alfred Moselakgomo

Sakhile Mokoena and Alfred Moselakgomo

Mpumalanga schoolgirls are scared to attend swimming lessons, claiming they are being raped in the pool.

In a letter to a teacher at Barberton Primary in Mpumalanga, one girl described how she was raped in the swimming pool in front of other pupils.

"Please do something about it. I don't think I will swim next time," she wrote.

Another girl, 10, was allegedly raped on Friday in the pool.

The girl's father has accused teachers of trying to hide the incident because they did not call him or the police.

"Instead they kept my child in detention for an offence she had committed earlier.

"Imagine all the trauma she suffered," he said.

It was only later that her parents got to know about her ordeal.

They took her to a doctor who confirmed the girl was penetrated.

Another schoolgirl said that three boys had pulled off her costume and raped her.

"They got under the water and touched my private parts," she said.

Jabu Ndubane, Barberton police spokesman, confirmed that a rape case had been opened.

l A man, 18, appeared briefly in the Nelspruit magistrates' court in Mpumalanga, for allegedly raping a girl, four, who came to buy bread at his spaza shop.

The man was remanded in custody until next week.

Constable Chicco Nkosi said the accused invited the child inside the house to watch her favourite TV programme .

"He undressed her before allegedly putting Vaseline on his penis and then raped her," Nkosi said.

He threatened to beat her up if she told anyone about what had happened.

The girl's parents discovered she had been raped when she came home without the bread.

"When they asked her what happened, the girl said she would never go back to that spaza because the vendor had raped her," Nkosi said.