Elite Boarding School rocked by a r@pe scandal. Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (REPS) an elite boarding school in Matobo District, Matabeleland South has been rocked by a rape scandal amid reports that the assistant boarding master is now on the run.
It is alleged that the accused was s.e.xually abusing one pupil for over a year and the victim informed her colleagues, one of which was later raped by the same perpetrator while the other escaped untouched.
It is further reported that the assistant boarding master went to the girls’ hostel using the ceiling to avoid detection. When he was confronted with the information of the abuse, he confessed that he was doing it but slipped away soon after.
Acting Matabeleland South police spokesman Assistant Inspector Thabani Mkhwananzi confirmed the reports but did not go into detail about what transpired. He said:
The matter was reported about three weeks back. The perpetrator has escaped and the police are yet to account for him. Reports suggest that the assistant boarding master fled to South Africa. A source within the school told The Sunday News:
He was in s.e.xual ‘relationships’ with the girls, that is what we have gathered. The matter came to light after the head girl of the school got wind of the abuse and reported the case to the school authorities.
She informed the matron who investigated the matter and revealed that he was indeed s.e.xually abusing the girls. He then ran away after he heard that he was being investigated. He also made a confession too but managed to run away before police were involved.
The Sunday News reports that parents of learners are not happy with the way the school handled the matter. They accuse school authorities of failing or neglecting to report the matter to the police in time thereby giving the assistant boarding master room to escape.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema said it is the responsibility of schools to report cases of such a nature adding that those concealing such matters were also accomplices.
Source – Pindula News
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