When the story about a Jules High School girl being allegedly raped on the school grounds hit the headlines, I had a flash back to my worst moment as a mother of two daughters, then aged seven and ten.
Casual sex among youths is a sad reality in South Africa.
The Jules High School saga in Johannesburg -- in which a female student was allegedly gang-raped while her classmates watched and videotaped -- is one of many recent horrible and all-too-real scenarios from our schools. Whatever the outcome of this story, it is reason enough to take a closer look at how schools seem to have become dangerous breeding grounds for sexual promiscuity.
The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) has written an open letter to the national director of public prosecutions (NPA), Menzi Simelane, expressing its ‘grave concern’ about his decision to prosecute the female learner in the Jules High School sexual offences matter.
SASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, is of the view that the constitutional right of the female learner will be violated in the event of her being prosecuted.
The failure of teachers and pupils to respond to an alleged gang-rape of a Johannesburg school girl is of concern to the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).
In a press statement, CGE spokesperson, Javu Baloyi, states that, "The CGE is concerned by media reports that allege a young girl was raped on the school premises, and that nobody did anything. This includes both the teacher and other pupils."
The Sonke Gender Justice Network says it will oppose the application for forgiveness of the late filing of an appeal by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president, Julius Malema, against an Equality Court hate speech ruling.
The organisation’s government and media relations manager, Mbuyiselo Botha, points out that, "Our lawyers think that we [Sonke] have a strong case and strong reasons."