South Africa 16.8.2018 12:26 pm

Sexual abuse claims at KZN primary school shocks community

PHOTO: AFP.

PHOTO: AFP.

A specialised police unit has been called in to investigate sexual abuse at a Richards Bay primary school.

At least seven children are believed to have been abused by a 22-year-old male support staff member at Veldenvlei Primary School in Richards Bay, Zululand Observer reports.

While the children are being counselled and undergoing psychological evaluation, the report has sent shockwaves through the community.

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The teacher, who was appointed by the school governing body (SGB), and has since resigned and the department of education as well as the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) are investigating.

In March, TimesLIVE reported that more than 300 cases of sexual abuse towards young girls in uMhlathuze, KZN, were logged with police. Some victims were as young as 12.

Many sexual abuse cases are withdrawn due to a lack of evidence.

Updates to follow as more information is made available.

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