From page 1Pupils protest against bail

2015-11-04 06:00
Ottawa Primary School pupils protest outside Verulam Magistrates Court against bail being granted to the stepfather of a pupil who was allegedly repeatedly raped. Photo: darshan rangai

Ottawa Primary School pupils protest outside Verulam Magistrates Court against bail being granted to the stepfather of a pupil who was allegedly repeatedly raped. Photo: darshan rangai

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AROUND 50 pupils from Ottawa Primary protested against bail being granted last week to the stepfather of a fellow pupil who was allegedly raped by him repeatedly over three years.

Principal of Ottawa Primary Ms T.P. Msane said pupils and teachers were supporting the pupil through this difficult time.

“We were showing support, not only as pupils and teachers, but as friends and mothers,” said Msane.

Msane described the 15-year-old pupil as a child with potential and was a top performing pupil whose results had declined over the years until it was discovered that her stepfather had been raping her.

“She has since been removed from her home and is in a place of safety,” said Msane.

The school is hopeful that bail will be denied and the stepfather will remain behind bars so the pupil can return home and resume her schooling.

“We want her to be able to get her life back and be with her mother because there is nothing more painful than what she is going through,” said Msane.

Verulam SAPS communications officer, Warrant Officer Mark Prakasim said this was the second bail application brought by the accused, but it will only be concluded this week as it could not be completed last week.

Prakasim confirmed a case of rape is being investigated by the child protection team.

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