The girls, aged between seven and nine, were allegedly gang raped by four boys on the school premises in the Lethabong informal settlement last month, Rekord East reported.
The father of one of the victims, 8, only became aware of this when he was informed by the school principal this week. The principal had apparently not reported the rapes to the police.
Education spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said the allegation that the school failed to act timeously in reporting the matter was disturbing.
“The policies of the department require the school to report such incidents to the department, police and medical professionals immediately,” she said.
Police spokesperson Captain Jan Sepato said charges had been laid by the eight-year-old’s father.
“His child was allegedly raped at the back of the classroom. We cannot confirm if there was a gang rape or if other children were involved. The case has been referred to the Mamelodi East police for further investigation,” Sepato said.
Sekhonyane said the department would investigate the allegations, including if indeed there were delays in reporting the rapes.
“We are aware that the matter has been reported to the police and will request the school to fully cooperate with the police investigation.”
She said the department would provide counselling to those affected.
– Caxton News Service