Gauteng MEC visits Parktown Boys High after sex scandal

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture credit: Vathiswa Ruselo
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture credit: Vathiswa Ruselo

Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi has encouraged learners at Parktown Boys High School in Johannesburg to report any incidents of sexual abuse.

Lesufi visited teachers and learners at the school on Tuesday after the school’s water polo coach was arrested on sexual assault charges.

“We are here to ensure that the incident never occurs again. School is a place of learning and prosperity‚ not discomfort‚” said Lesufi.

The department said learners had been issued with contact details in the event that they wish to receive further counselling and support.

Parktown Boys' High coach in court over sexual assault chargesA Parktown Boys’ High water polo coach on Wednesday appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court‚ where he faces charges of sexually assaulting pupils at the school. 

“MEC Lesufi has implored SGB members to start subjecting candidates to strict HR vetting processes prior to their appointment as support staff of schools‚” the department said in a statement.

Lesufi pledges scholar transportGovernment has made a commitment to provide scholar transport for all children attending cross-border schools between Mpumalanga and Gauteng. 

“The department has a programme advocating for school safety and a children’s rights campaign. A protocol for the management of confirmed and suspected cases of abuse is currently being updated to comply with all child protection legislation.

“The department views cases of sexual assault in a very serious light and has a zero tolerance approach on such matters. The department will not hesitate to take the necessary action where wrongdoing is proven true.”

More than 20 pupils at Parktown Boys High have accused their water polo coach of sexual assault.

The teacher was caught on surveillance footage allegedly fondling a 15-year-old boy’s genitals.

He is due back in court on July 11.

 

-TMG Digital Lesufi pledges scholar transportGovernment has made a commitment to provide scholar transport for all children attending cross-border schools between Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

 

 

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