Police probe their own for alleged sexual assault at Soweto school

File: Charges were laid against the officer at the Orlando police station. Video: eNCA
JOHANNESBURG, 14 March 2018 - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is confident there is enough evidence to prosecute a police forensic investigator accused of sexually assaulting two learners. eNCA’s Silindelokuhle Masikane tells us more. ​ Video: eNCA
JOHANNESBURG, 14 March 2018 - A forensic investigator meant to protect victims at a school has now allegedly turned into a perpetrator after two Soweto learners, already victims of sexual abuse, came forward accusing him of sexual assault. Video: eNCA
JOHANNESBURG, 14 March 2018 - Angry parents have gathered outside a Soweto school where it emerged that pupils, who had been victims of sexual assault, became victims once more through a forensic investigator looking into the original claims. Video: eNCA

SOWETO - Police are not taking lightly the allegations that a forensic investigator sexually assaulted two pupils at a Soweto primary school.

They say this tarnishes the image of the police force.

The investigator had gone to the school to prepare children for an upcoming case against a security guard who allegedly molested 87 pupils.

"Irrespective of whether a member has been working as a forensic investigator or just a police officer, he’s expected to protect the code of conduct of the police, the constitution of the country and also all abiding citizens," said police spokesman Vish Naidoo.

"To have been alleged to have done something of this nature, not only brings the organisation into disrepute but it creates a great deal of mistrust in members of the SAPS”.

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The Gauteng Department of Basic Education said in a statement that the incident happened on Monday.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he was dismayed and disappointed.

''We are dismayed, saddened and disappointed that the two learners were also victims in the case currently before the court.

"The children have now become victims of sexual assault twice by different people,'' said Lesufi.

''These allegations are shocking and disturbing. A person entrusted with protecting children has violated their trust and that of their parents, this man should meet the full might of the law''.

The forensic investigator has been withdrawn from the case. Charges were laid against the officer at the Orlando police station.

- Additional reporting ANA


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