While higher institutions across the countries go on with the protest against high fee increase, a grade 12 matriculant in KwaZulu-Natal was raped while on her way to her first matric exam.
This was revealed by the KZN Education MEC, Mthandeni Dlungwana who said the grade 12 rape victim went on to take her matric exam after the horrible ordeal.
Mthandeni Dlungwana also said the pupil was from Banqobile High School in Pietermaritzburg. She was reportedly attacked at a local police station before going to school to write her English paper on Wednesday morning.
The perpetrators snatched and carted away her ID, a timetable, books, and other valuables
“This is an exceptional case that requires our urgent attention as the department.”
The department said it would ask Umalusi to ensure she could continue writing her matric exam, although her ID had been stolen.
“We must not rest until those involved are brought to book. Importantly, let us unite and cushion our learners against any form of abuse and social ills during this period,” Dlungwana said.
Matriculants began their 2016 final exams on Wednesday and Dlungwana as well as the school principal, teachers and pupils were still in shock following the disclosed rape.
A team of professionals had been sent to provide counseling to the victim.
Meanwhile, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has given up on face-to-face classes for the rest of the year, the institution said.
“We have now reached the point of no return to save the 2016 academic year,” acting vice- chancellor Professor Louis Fourie said in an online post on Wednesday, as Fees Must Fall students ran from CPUT city campus to Parliament to protest during the mini-budget.
Fourie said at a special meeting, the senate executive committee decided that all face-to-face classes on its campuses be suspended for 2016.
Individual faculties and deans would decide if enough work had been completed during the protests to write exams.
Protests at CPUT had included daily marches, flinging faeces, torching vehicles and entrance of a building from which a security guard narrowly escaped with his life.
Students are expected to get the new assessment timetables and venues soon. Where significant parts of the syllabus were still outstanding and students could not be examined this year, the final assessment would be in the second half of January 2017.