Internal Affairs

Department of Women dissapointed at handling of investigations against Mr Johannes Molepe

Department disappointed at bungling of case at AB Xuma Primary School

The Department in the Presidency responsible for Women wishes to register its disappointment at the handling of investigations of sexual harassment and rape charges brought against Mr Johannes Molepe at AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando, Johannesburg.

Having recently concluded the 16 Days of Activism campaign for no violence against women and children under the theme #HearMeToo, the department sympathises with the brave learners who spoke out against the scholar patroller who was meant to keep them safe from harm.

The department appeals to The Department of Basic Education, The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development as well as South African Police Services and stakeholders to work together to ensure the outcome of this case is appealed so that it may be correctly presented in future.

With so many learners coming forward to report misconduct of a sexual nature against the scholar patroller, this case cannot be closed, especially in light of remarks made by Judge Peet Johnson when delivering his verdict.

The department also appeals to teachers and parents to pay close attention to the behaviour of children. Sudden changes in behaviour may suggest underlying causes and this must be investigated by reporting it to relevant authorities.

Source: Government of South Africa