Tebogo Msimanga |
ActionSA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate Abel Tau on Thursday said Gauteng MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi, must immediately suspend the principal of Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve, following a now confirmed rape incident at the school. A Grade 1 pupil School was raped last week in the school’s toilets, allegedly by a general worker.
Tau said this follows surfacing allegations of neglect and dereliction of duty by the principal in failing to report this incident timeously to the relevant law enforcement and Education Department authorities. “If the allegations are indeed true, the principal’s conduct amounts to a betrayal of the duty of care owed to the young child, an innocent victim of sexual predation, and every other child at the school.”
He added that during their visit to the school, ActionSA was shocked to learn that despite reports of an ongoing investigation, with general workers marked as the prime suspects, all these workers have not been placed on precautionary suspension, pending the outcomes of the investigation.
“This only serves to further endanger learners at the school.The Education Department must act quickly to protect the safety of learners by suspending the principal and general workers immediately.” Concluded Tau.