Dad suing Western Cape education dept

2012-08-13 08:33

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Cape Town - The father of a girl who was raped by a cleaner on school grounds will sue the Western Cape education department for at least R2m in damages, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the father was given the greenlight by the Western Cape High Court on Friday to institute legal action.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, initially failed to serve the department with a notice of intention to sue it in time.

However, an application to condone the late filing of the notice was unopposed and was granted by the court.

The girl, who was 7 at the time, was raped while in aftercare at a northern suburbs school in March 2005.

Cleaner Bronwill Daniels was found guilty of the crime in March 2008 and is serving a life sentence.

According to the report, the father claimed school officials breached their duties, because they failed to take proper care of his daughter.

This had resulted in the cleaner raping her "while she was safely ensconced in the classrooms".

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