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Grade 11 learner misses exams after being kidnapped and raped by school security guard

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A grade 11 learner missed her exam last week Friday when a security guard at her school, kidnapped her from class and raped her. According to Zimoja, the suspect, Stephen Makgobatlou, who is also known as Simon Matome from Allemansdrift, Moumalanga, was arrested and appeared in court on Monday.

It’s alleged that the learner (16) was the first to arrive at school last week Friday, found the guard at the gate and proceeded to her class where she wanted to prepare for her examination. Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala confirmed the incident. “According to information, the learner arrived at school early, at about 6AM, and she was the first to arrive at school. She alleged that on her arrival, the school gate was partially opened and the security guard was standing next to the gate. She respectfully greeted him and proceeded to her class to prepare,” said Mohlala. The learner alleged that within a few minutes, the guard came to her class and said he was looking for a suspect who was trying to break in. He left her in class and returned with an iron rod, instructed her to come with him, pulled her with her clothes and threatened to assault her with the iron rod if she made any noise, Zimoja report. “She was forced into the bushes where the security guard allegedly raped her. At the time neither the learners nor teachers were at school,” he said.

Mohlala said that the victim managed to escape after the security guard left her alone to go and buy food. “She was instructed not to go anywhere and the suspect threatened to stab her with the iron rod and throw her at a nearby dam. After he left, the victim went in the opposite direction where she got transport and reported the matter to the police,” he said. Mohlala further said that 48-year-old suspect, Stephen Makgobatlou was arrested the same evening and charged with rape. The Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela said a school is like a second home to learners. “Any person who commits a crime within school premises is more like a person who attacks you from home. Those people have to spend time behind bars,” said Manamela.

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