Disabled 10-year-old boy allegedly raped by school's caretaker

2017-08-03 15:33
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A mentally disabled 10-year-old boy is badly traumatised after he was allegedly raped by a caretaker at a school for learners with special needs.

The alleged rape took place in November last year at the school, which is situated close to Cape Town.

The child, who has a developmental delay of three years due to his disability, also suffers from epilepsy.

The child’s grandmother says they suspected something was amiss when he came home from school one day and suddenly started behaving differently.

“That day, I thought the boy was tired and asked his mother to bath him. It was then that he spoke of the mystery man and how he ‘rode like a horse’ on his back.”

They became suspicious and took the child to a doctor.

The heartbroken grandmother added that the school denies anyone with that name (the caretaker’s name) is employed at the school.

Jessica Shelver, the spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), says a case of sexual abuse has been opened at the WCED and it has been attended to as stipulated by the department’s Abuse No More protocol.

“The suspect, who was identified by the learner, is not known to the school. The learner’s case was referred to the designated child protection agency, Child Welfare, for further investigation.”

Jessica says the child is receiving therapy.


These are just a few of the symptoms parents and guardians should be on the lookout for. It’s important you devote positive attention to your child and maintain a good line of communication between the two of you.

Listen to what your child says and, more importantly, what they don’t say. If any of these listed symptoms appear, you need to attend to it immediately.

  • Nightmares and other disturbed sleeping patterns without any reason.
  • Inexplicable unresponsiveness and affinity.
  • A sudden change in eating patterns.
  • A child may even refuse to eat.
  • Behavioural changes, like aggression.
  • A fear of certain people or places.
  • Refuses to talk about a secret he/she shares with another person. The other person can be a teenager or an older person.

Important numbers to have at hand:

Crime Stop: 08600-10111

Child Welfare: 021-638-3127

Department of Social Development: 021-483-9217

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