Principal and team removed from school for "concealing" sexual abuse of pupils

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Moments after releasing the media statement, the education department communicated that the number of sexually assaulted learners increased to 83.

The 56-year-old who stands accused of the crime was appointed a year ago, as a recommendation by the Greater Orlando Community Policing Forum.

A 57-year-old patrolman was arrested this week for allegedly molesting girls from grade R to grade 7. He said removing them from the school was to make sure that they do not have contact with the pupils while the investigation is ongoing.

When questioned about the matter the school Principal merely said: "I am not going to get involved", showing a complete disregard for the gravity of this issue.

Lesufi said the department of education has failed the children and should take full responsibility.

The principal said she was only made aware of the claims on 29 September and acted immediately.

He remains in custody until his first court appearance on 22 November 2017 at the Orlando Magistrates Court.

The department confirmed that the principal and the senior management of the school were dismissed with immediate effect and stated that it will engage the school governing body to establish why it should not be dissolved.

"We immediately dispatched our Infrastructure Inspectors to both schools to assess the extent of the damages, which they estimate will cost about R4 million to fix".

Officials from the Department of Education have been sent to investigate the matter.

"We remain grateful to all stakeholders especially the Teddy Bear Clinic and our psycho-social support services". We urge all residents and learners to continue reporting cases of abuse against our children.

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