Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has noted with concern allegations of sexual assault in a primary school in Diepsloot, north-west of Johannesburg.

The school’s management failed to report to the Gauteng Department of Education allegations that some learners were sexually molested.

The children alleged that a pensioner who lived close to the school was the perpetrator.

Lesufi visited the school in Diepsloot on Thursday.  “It’s a course for concern, especially when there are these incidents where we are forced to take decisive steps. Principals don’t report those kinds of incidents.”

Lesufi says the matter has really worried him.

“We had no choice, but to call in the principal and all senior management and team of the school, together with the SGB, just to inform them (why) are (they) not reporting them to their parents; not reporting to the police; what the purpose of doing that (is). It hurts, but it’s one of the reasons we have taken this decision. (We) have no choice.”