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Cop yet to be charged for AB Xuma school sexual abuse saga

AB Xuma school.
AB Xuma school.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

The police forensic investigator alleged to have abused two children who were also victims in the AB Xuma Primary School sexual assault saga in Soweto is yet to be charged‚ the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Wednesday.

Police had referred the publication to Ipid for further comment on the status of the investigation. Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the investigations were ongoing with further developments expected to be brought to the fore by Thursday.

"He has not appeared in court. He cannot appear in court if he was never arrested‚" said Dlamini.

Steve Mabona‚ spokesperson for the Gauteng education department‚ had earlier said a case had been opened by the parents of the two children at the Orlando police station.

The officer had been deployed to the school earlier this month to prepare the children for a court case where they are alleged to have been part of a group of more than 80 pupils who were sexually assaulted by a security guard at the school last year.

"The incident occurred… when the investigator visited the victims at the school to prepare for the court appearance. It is alleged that the investigator sexually molested the two Grade-3 learners‚ aged seven and eight years old‚" department spokesperson Steve Mabona said at the time.

A psycho-social team had been deployed to the school to determine whether any other learners who had had interaction with the officer had been victims of his abuse.

MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi said his department was "dismayed‚ saddened and disappointed" by the incident. He called for the harshest action against the accused.

"A person entrusted with protecting children has violated their trust and that of their parents. This man should meet the full might of the law‚" Lesufi said. "It is unfortunate and regrettable that this incident occurred to the very same learners who were previously victims of the school patroller‚ in the hands of someone entrusted to ensure their safety‚" he added.

Meanwhile‚ the case against the school patroller‚ arrested for the first case‚ is set down for trial for next month.

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