The Limpopo Department of Education has noted with great concern the reported incidents of learners raped on their way to or when returning from school.
Thus far two cases have been reported since schools reopened on 8 June 2020. The affected learners are from Ramotshabi Secondary School and Rammutla Primary School in Blouberg Municipality.
"This is most painful as it targets young people who have opted to brave many other challenges presented by COVID-19 to return to school, in pursuit of a better future.
We strongly condemn these cruel and reckless acts and commit to assisting the relevant authorities in catching these perpetrators.
We also call upon our local communities to cooperate with the police during investigations and also take up their role of protecting women and children in our communities." said MEC Polly Boshielo in reaction to the report.
The department will continue to work with other relevant provincial government departments in improving safety in communities and raising awareness on gender based violence.
Psycho social services to support the victims and the school community are being provided in both cases.
Issued by the Limpopo Department of Education
Ms Tidimalo Chuene
082 831 0227/