BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga has condemned the rape of a 12-year-old learner in KwaZulu Natal.
The learner was told to go back home after she forgot her mask and was allegedly raped on her way home in Bulwer, a small town in the KwaZulu-Natal‘s Midlands region,.
“This rape of a learner once again shines the light on the scourge of Gender-Based Violence ripping our communities apart,” said Motshekga.
Motshekga has condemned the rape of the 12-year-old in the strongest terms, saying a 17-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the rape of the learner.
“We commend the swift action by the Donnybrook SAPS in apprehending the 17-year-old suspect and the seriousness with which they are handling the case,” said Motshekga.
Motshekga said the department will ensure that the learner receives the necessary psycho-social support from the District Auxiliary Support Services.
“We will also ensure that the 12-year-old’s identity is protected as she comes to terms with this painful and regrettable ordeal,” said Motshekga.
(Compiled by Inside Education staff)