A police officer based at Mphoengs in Plumtree allegedly sexually assaulted 21 female pupils from Bulu Primary School while investigating a case of sexual abuse at the school.
Scores of parents with children at the school are furious after a police officer identified as Constable Muzulu, allegedly sexually abused the pupils after he was called in at the school to conduct investigations involving sexual abuse.
The Mphoengs police station had received an anonymous tip-off on Monday around 4pm of sexual abuse allegations at the school.
Constable Muzulu was tasked to make a follow-up on the tip-off the following day. He proceeded to the school on the same day and met the school headmistress, Simeleni Sibutha.
The police officer then requested for a room to interview the victims who were all female juveniles.
It is alleged that Constable Muzulu interviewed one victim at a time alone.
A female school teacher identified as Sihle Ncube who’s also part of Child Protection services, asked to take part and witness the interview and counselling session but Constable Muzulu declined saying he wanted to do the investigation alone.
It is alleged that he fondled all the 21 girls’ breasts and inserted a finger into their private parts before cautioning them from engaging in sexual activities.
Parents told CITE that their children came home from school and narrated their ordeal.
“The police officer took the children to one room where he made the girls undress, inserted his fingers in their private parts and touched their breasts. Some girls bled from the experience and others failed to sit properly.
“Our children went to their homes to narrate this ordeal and we don’t know if this police officer raped the girls or not,” said one of the parents.
Another distraught parent was shocked at the police officer’s behaviour and claimed outrightly he had raped their children.
“How can a man of the law rape our children?” she said.
It emerged that some girls had to be taken to Brunabeg Hospital while the matter was reported to the police under report number RRB3145519 by the headmistress.
The Officer in charge of ZRP Mphoengs Inspector Dube accompanied by his Assistant officer, a Ncube and three other police officers went to the school to investigate the matter.
20 of the 21 abused pupils had reported for class and were taken to Plumtree Hospital for medical examination.
Nurses at the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that they had attended to the girls.