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Parents walk 4km with their girl children to school as criminals start targeting rural school kids

Frustrated by the lack of policing in their area, some parents have redefined the word protection.

School children at Dimanda SSS in Ngqeleni have been subjected to brazen attacks in recent weeks. 

Six girls have reportedly been raped in the past four months.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu on Thursday said no arrests had been made.

She said three girls aged 17 were raped on separate occasions in June, August and September.

Parents have taken to escorting their girls on their 4km hike to school in Zixholosini village.

The route takes the teens past bush and vacant houses.

The school governing body confirmed six cases were reported to school authorities.

SGB chair Sandile Khwaza said: “We have pleaded in the past with the education department for a hostel.

“This month alone, three children were attacked. Some may not come forward out of fear.

“We think drugs are behind these attacks. We need government intervention.”

Khwaza said instead of dropping the evening classes, they had come up with interim solutions to protect their children.

“The incidents happen when they walk to evening classes. We had a meeting with the parents last week where we resolved to escort our children to school and revive the police forum that will do patrols. We are saddened by what is happening. This is out of hand.”

Parent Nolitha Mnyaka said: “This is the first time we are seeing so many attacks. We have no problem with the extra classes because they work to improve their marks.

“A hostel would solve the problem. Now children are targets. This is new and we are shocked. Police must not be so scarce here.”

Nosiseko Mgqala said: “I made sure I accompanied my child, who passed Grade 12 in that school last year.

“I will continue to do that with the ones I have there now. I urge other parents to escort their children.”

A grandmother of a victim held back tears as she told of an attack on September 1.

“She could barely walk when she arrived home that night. She said she did not know the men who did this to her. She fears going to school now. I lock my doors at 6pm because I fear for my other grandchildren and myself. This is painful.

“Women have been raped here before but this increase is alarming. Those men must be arrested and remain in jail.”

Naidu warned girls to be vigilant at all times and not to walk alone to and from school.

“The roads in these areas are relatively quiet and it makes them vulnerable to criminals.”

Provincial department of education spokesperson Malibongwe

Mtima said the department was aware of the attacks.


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Dimanda SSS Ngqeleni Priscilla Naidu SGB Sandile Khwaza


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