Former school patrol guard acquitted of all sexual abuse charges

A former Soweto school guard accused of sexual abuse has been acquitted of all the charges against him.

Johannes Molefe appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He was accused of abusing dozens of children from the AB Xuma Primary School last year and faced three counts of rape and 11 of sexual assault.

Judge Peet Johnson has found that the State failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt that the former school guard allegedly sexually abused young girls from the school.

Eyewitness News reporter Thando Kubheka has more on the story.

Judge Peet Johnson really slammed the police, teachers, the NPA, the Teddy Bear Clinic for the manner in which they handled this case. He described this case as a comedy of errors. It was riddled with errors from the beginning, he says when the police took over the case there were discrepancies, inaccurate statements, in some cases only verbal statements were taken.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

He said there were no medical records to prove the allegations. There was nothing on paper to prove that they were taken to the doctor

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

He also criticised the Teddy Bear Clinic for their poor handling of the case. In one of the cases he said one child only came out and spoke out about the abuse after being repeatedly interrogated by officials there. In once of of the cases a child actually said a teacher had told her what to say.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

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