Not enough evidence to prosecute school bus driver for sex assault

2017-10-23 20:28

Johannesburg – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has declined to prosecute a 44-year-old school bus driver for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old pupil earlier this month, due to a lack of evidence.

READ: Gauteng school bus driver arrested for sexual abuse of pupil

However, the driver is not off the hook just yet because four pupils are expected to give statements to police.

The driver was arrested on October 20 after a teacher and a pupil reported that he allegedly inappropriately touched a female pupil while she was boarding a bus on October 13 and 16.

However, the NPA says it does not have enough evidence to proceed with a case against him.

Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw told News24: "The NPA declined to prosecute due to the fact that there is no information that suggests any wrongdoing on the side of the bus driver."

The Gauteng Education Department has noted the decision.

"The department takes note of a decision taken by NPA and understands that there are about four learners who will submit statements to the police. We are hopeful that law enforcement agencies will finalise this matter accordingly," spokesperson Steve Mabona said.

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News24 also previously reported that Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said in a statement that more victims would come forward with information.

The driver has since been removed from the school environment and has been released from custody.

Read more on:    npa  |  johannesburg  |  child abuse

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