Bulwer pupil allegedly raped while walking to school

Bulwer pupil allegedly raped while walking to school

A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped on her way to school in Bulwer, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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The KZN Education Department says the Grade 7 pupil had forgotten to carry a mask to school and was turned back at the school's screening point on Monday.

Officials say she indicated that she lived not far from the school and would go home to fetch a mask.

When she arrived back at the school, she told the principal that she had been raped and was immediately rushed to a nearby doctor.

Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbele says that Donnybrook detectives arrested a 17-year-old suspect on Tuesday morning.

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"He will be appearing at iXopo magistrate court, facing the charges of rape.

"This is after the incident that took place yesterday [Monday] morning at 8:00am where a 12-year-old girl was raped by an unknown suspect. The investigation led to the arrest of a 17-year-old suspect."

Meanwhile KZN Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu says the learner is receiving counselling and has urged anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

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