News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday September 15th 2019

Parents shocked by nude photos of pupils on Facebook


Nude pictures of two Cape Town high school teenage girls have gone viral on Faceboook, angering parents in Du Noon Township where they live.

The two teenage girls are Grade 11 learners at Inkwenkwezi Secondary school.

The posting of nude pictures cames to light barely two weeks after the City of Cape Town Vice Squad together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit rescued four girls – three of whom were minors – who had been recruited from Du Noon and taken to Richwood where they were allegedly sexually abused and filmed for pornography and prostitution.

At Inkwenkwezi Secondary school on Monday afternoon there was a commotion when other learner’s booed the two teenage girls when they saw their naked pictures on Facebook, said Nombuyiselo Ngali, a parent whose 17-year-old daughter is in Grade 12 at the school.

She said when she “cried” when she saw the pictures.

“I cried. I was thinking of the parents of the girl. If it was my own daughter how would I feel?” she said.

“How are these learners going to face other learners at the school?”

West Cape News was shown a digital copy of the photos in which the two naked learners stand back to back and smiling at the photographer.

In the foreground the head of a smiling adult male smiling could be seen.

Another parent, Messie Makuwa, whose daughter is also at the school, said when she saw the picture of the nude girls she asked: “where is ubuntu (humanity)?”

She said Du Noon women must stand up and fight the perpetrators who took the pictures.

At the school on Tuesday most of the learners, when asked if they were aware of the pictures, said yes they have seen the pictures on Facebook.

One teacher who did not want to be named said the parents of the learners met with teachers at the school.

The school principal refused to comment on the matter and would not provide contact details for members of the School Governing Body.

Bronagh Casey, spokesperson for Education MEC Donald Grant, confirmed the incident and said the Western Cape Education Department arranged for a counselor to visit the school to speak to the learners.

“The WCED is currently investigating the matter,” said Casey. —Peter Luhanga



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