Pupils forced to ‘mock-rape’ bus seat

2012-02-07 08:37

Senior pupils at a top Johannesburg private school are being investigated for allegedly forcing younger boys to “mock-rape” a bus seat while on school outings.

St David’s Marist Inanda in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, launched the investigation after a parent approached Primedia chief executive Terry Volkwyn at a function and raised concern over the so-called initiation.

Eyewitness News first broke the story yesterday.

According to The Star newspaper, the incident occurred last Friday when the pupils were returning from a swimming gala.

A similar incident happened while the pupils were going camping.

The school’s chief executive, Mike Greeff, who referred to the incident as “stupidity that took place at the back of the bus”, said it was not clear at this stage how many pupils had been involved.

The school said in a statement that it condemned “any behaviour that intimidates, humiliates or frightens any other person.

“We are shocked and disappointed that any of our boys would be involved in behaviour which may cause distress or humiliation. Such incidents violate our code of conduct and anti-bullying policy”.

Initiations are also prohibited by the South African Schools Act.

“We can’t rule out the possibility that there might be other incidents, but I can assure you that this will not happen again,” Greeff said.

He said the school did allow for new pupils to undergo orientation but that the seniors “pushed the envelope with this”.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy was alerted to the incident and had a meeting with the school’s management at the weekend but could not be directly involved as it was a private school. 

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