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Lesufi visits Ekurhuleni School amid rape allegations

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Gauteng Department of Education and Youth Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Thuto-Lesedi Secondary School in Vosloorus east of Johannesburg.

Lesufi met with learners and teachers on Tuesday morning following an alleged rape incident where two boys raped a fellow girl learner at the school.

“The department has zero-tolerance policy to allegations of sexual misconduct. Where allegations are proven true, the department does not hesitate to take decisive action against the perpetrators,” said Lesufi.

“Our Psycho Social Unit has already offered necessary counselling to the victim due to severe trauma suffered. Necessary follow-up sessions will be conducted to assess her readiness to go back to school. Accordingly, no such incident has been reported,” he said.

He added that it is disappointing that such incident took place at an environment where learning takes place.

Lesufi encouraged learners to report such incidents to the nearest police stations and to the department for necessary intervention and investigations.

He added that the mentioned school is on high alert for any vehicle purported to be delivering drugs at the school, with the intentions of dealing in and around the school. He said such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in the schooling environment.

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