Soccer academy boys in alleged abuse scandal reunited with their families

An investigation has been launched into the alleged abuse of a group of boys at a soccer academy in Soweto.

It is believed 29 boys were brought to Gauteng under the pretense that they were going to receive coaching.

A 34-year-old coach was arrested last week in connection with the alleged rape of one of the boys aged 9.

Some of the boys have now been reunited with their families.

Joanne Joseph spoke to Clinical Director at Teddy Bear Clinic Dr Shaheda Omar for an update.

The family violence and child protection and sexual offences unit is currently investigating.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Clinical Director at Teddy Bear Clinic

We at the Teddy Bear foundation have provided and offered counselling and support to the alleged victims and their families.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Clinical Director at Teddy Bear Clinic

Omar says it must be ensured that any person in contact with children is screened.

Looking at this soccer coach, he is one of many other perpetrators out there who are getting away with the continuous violation of children. If we look at the fact that our vetting measures and screening is definitely not rigorous....anybody out there working with children should go through rigorous screening procedures.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Clinical Director at Teddy Bear Clinic

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