Police have finally taken action in the assault of a girl at school which was filmed and then shared on social media.
The girl was assaulted at the Siyathuthuka Secondary School in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal, in November 2016.
Her father told News24 that he had gone to police on the day of the incident, but they refused to act.
“Police first told me there were no vans available to go take us to the perpetrator’s home. They then told me that it would be a waste of time to open a case against the boy because he would be set free in court,” he said.
The victim’s father said that the boy lived in the area and avoids him when he sees him.
“Whenever he sees me, he runs away. I wish police arrest him soon before I catch him first, because if I do, he might die and I’ll end up in jail,” he said.
He also said that he had gone to the boy’s house on the day of the assault but the boy’s parents had not been home.
“I only found him there. He told me that he beat her up because she and other girls had said he was skinny like he was HIV positive,” he said.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said that police were not aware that the assault had been filmed and was circulating on social media. He said that an investigation would be opened after they obtained a statement from the victim.
He also said that the officers who initially refused to help could face disciplinary action.
“Should any member be found to be answerable of failing to carry out his or her duties, disciplinary action will be instituted,” Zwane confirmed.
Spokesperson for the KZN education MEC, Kwazi Mthethwa, said that the department’s officials had met the school principal and asked people to stop circulating the video on social media to protect the victim.
%u200BThe victim has since been moved to a different school in the area and is doing much better.
“She passed last year and she is still doing well at school, although sometimes she tells me that other learners keep tormenting her about the video,” her father said.