Former Drakensberg pupil to go on trial for rape

Former Drakensberg pupil to go on trial for rape

A former Drakensberg Boys' Choir School pupil will go on trial in two months' time for the alleged rape of another pupil.

Photo of empty classroom / Pexels
Photo of empty classroom / Pexels

This has been confirmed to Newswatch by the National Prosecuting Authority.

Police say the suspect was arrested in October 2018 when he was 14 - after a 13-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted at the school.

They say the accused has since made several appearances in the Estcourt Regional Court.

The NPA says the trial of the minor boy is scheduled for the 7 April.

Meanwhile, KZN Education's Muzi Mahlambi says they're looking into what action the school took - when the allegations arose two years ago.

"It is alleged that there was some sort of incident that occurred in the school. We are investigating the matter so that we get the full report. The report will also have to cover as to how if it knew about the matter, how it dealt about it," he says.  

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The mother of the younger boy told eNCA that the school only informed her days later - and has accused the school's authorities of trying to cover up the matter.

In a statement, Executive Headmaster, Greg Brooks says they dealt with the matter as soon as they were fully in possession of the facts.

Brooks says the parents of the two boys were also informed - and a formal disciplinary inquiry was held. 

It's understood the inquiry found there was consent.

The two boys have since left the school.

Brooks says his thoughts are with the two families - especially the two boys ahead of the trial.

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