By Kaya 959 News
Gauteng Education MEC Panyazi Lesufi has urged law enforcement agencies to increase their efforts to find a teacher accused of rape.
The teacher allegedly raped a grade 10 pupil from Umqhele Secondary School in Ivory Park on Friday, 14 May 2021.
The 38-year-old, who has not reported for duty, allegedly committed the crime at the school.
Police have launched a manhunt for the teacher after a rape case was opened.
“I call on police to use all resources at their disposal to hunt the educator,” Lesufi said in a statement.
Psycho-social support has been provided to the learner and those close to her.
MEDIA STATEMENT: The Gauteng Education MEC @Lesufi has made a plea to law enforcement agencies to up the efforts in hunting for a teacher who allegedly raped a learner at Umqhele Secondary School in Ivory Park on Friday, 14 May 2021. @GautengProvince @Steve_Mabona pic.twitter.com/rlC7tYOnxc
— Gauteng Department of Education (@EducationGP1) May 18, 2021
Learners take to the streets
Learners took to the streets on Tuesday, demanding the teacher’s arrest.
Officials have called on pupils not to disrupt learning.
Education spokesperson Steve Mabona is pleading with student body Cosas to allow investigations in this matter to continue.
“Learners are expected to be at school and be well taken care of – no one is expected to be harmed when learners are at school.
“So, our educators have a huge responsibility to make sure that at all times they protect and make sure that our children at our schools are safe and they are not harmed or afraid that they might be harmed.”