Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed outrage over the failure by a primary school in Diepsloot north-west of Johannesburg to alert his department about the alleged sexual assault of six learners.

Lesufi says the learners were allegedly sexually assaulted by a pensioner who resides close to the school. The MEC visited the school on Thursday.

The pensioner allegedly offered the learners money in exchange for sexual favours. Police are investigating and the alleged perpetrator is yet to be arrested.

Lesufi says this is shocking.

“Somebody who is a pensioner, who’s supposed to protect these children, who’s supposed to provide guidance and care is taking advantage of them. He calls them to say “I want you to come and clean dishes for me,” and after cleaning the dishes entices them with money. It’s just a shocking case to be quite frank and it’s someone that openly, openly abuses children.”