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gautengThe Star reports that as the Gauteng Department of Education set about implementing stringent measures to vet school safety patrollers, the police arrested a bus driver for allegedly sexually assaulting a pupil.  

The latest arrest has provided further evidence that the war on school sex predators must go beyond the school guards.  In the most recent case, the driver allegedly repeatedly touched the learner inappropriately while she was boarding the bus.  He was arrested on Sunday.  The bus driver incident is one of numerous cases that have been reported in recent weeks.  In Mamelodi, a school patroller was arrested for allegedly raping a pupil during a matric dance.  In Soweto, a patroller was remanded in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting 87 schoolgirls.  He is expected back in court on Wednesday for a bail application.  The provincial departments of education and community safety on Sunday engaged in a marathon meeting with school patrollers in an effort to regulate them and make schools safer.  The meeting was part of the work being done by a committee set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura last week to deal with sexual assaults in schools.  One of the aims of the committee is to re-evaluate all of the 6,000 patrollers in schools and to appoint life orientation teachers as the first contact to report abuse.

  • Read this report by Siphumelele Khumalo in full at The Star

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