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ANC disgusted at Mpumalanga headmaster schoolgirl's rape

NR Mokoto

The African National Congress expresses its disgust and pain at embarrassing reports that a 48-year-old school principal from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, faces allegations of raping a 15-year-old schoolgirl. The accused has been remanded in custody in Nelspruit and has appeared in court last Wednesday. He allegedly raped the learner from 2014 when she was just 14 years old. It is further reported that the learner eventually became pregnant in the process and gave birth to a baby.

The ANC finds it extremely unbelievable that the headmaster who is supposed to be entrusted with ensuring the care of all learners under his care, could commit such despicable acts. We call upon the Department to investigate this case and make a decision that will send a strong message that says we can't tolerate this in our schools. We believe that the department has a zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. The ANC condemns the scourge of violence against women and girls in society.

I thank you

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