Bishop Lavis cops are investigating the alleged rape, sexual assault and assault of a 13-year-old girl at a school in Elsies River.
According to reports, the traumatised Norwood Primary schoolgirl was attacked by known suspects during school hours on the school’s premises last Wednesday.
Police spokesperson, warrant officer Joseph Swartbooi, confirms: “This office can confirm that the incident occurred on Wednesday at about 12pm at a local school in Halt Road in Elsies River.
“The investigating officer is busy gathering the relevant information to present a well prepared case.
“The suspects in the matter fled the scene and are yet to be arrested.”
Sources say the learner has not been back to school since the incident and when the Daily Voice visited the teenager’s home last week, the girl and her parents were not there and were said to have gone to social workers.
A relative said: “I only heard about the incident but haven’t got into details about what actually happened.
“You could tell by the way she looked, she was terrified and we gave them space.
“It is a sensitive matter you can’t just jump into it. I just hope we get to the bottom of it and she finds healing soon.
The victim’s mom confirmed on Sunday: “She’s been out of school but she is doing much better than the past few days.
“I can’t talk about it right now, it is very sensitive and hurting,” said the 47-year-old woman.
The school referred the matter to the Western Cape Education Department and spokesperson Millicent Merton said: “There are conflicting reports about the incident.
“SAPS have been contacted and the school is cooperating with them. We are not in a position to provide further comment at this time.”
Anyone with information that can assist the Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences unit with the investigation is urged to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.