lodge complaint button
commissioners button
programmes button
provinces button
publications button
calendar button
fraud hotline button

Media Advisory: SAHRC Eastern Cape Provincial Office conducts inspection regarding the alleged sexual misconduct in the Maria Louw High School

Attention: Editors and Reporters

05 July 2022

On the 2nd of July 2022 the South African Human Rights Commission Eastern Cape provincial office noted from media reports the alleged gang rape of a 13 year old learner by fellow grade 12 learners at the Maria Louw High School in Komani, Eastern Cape. Based on the seriousness of the allegations as well as the urgent need to ensure that the safety of children is upheld, the Commission conducted a site inspection at the school yesterday the 4th July 2022.

The Commission will be engaging in a full investigation regarding the surroundings of the incident, whilst allowing law-enforcement agencies to conclude own processes. The Commission underscores the need for urgent counselling to the whole school so as to attend to the immediate mental health of all learners.

The Commission further wishes to highlight concerns regarding security measures at schools and hostel facilities during load shedding and further notes the importance of filling vacant posts such as hostel supervisors, superintendents and adjacent hostel staff so as to effectively oversee the safety of the learners under their care.

Schools should be regarded as a safe spaces for all children. The Commission is aware of the reality that many girl children face in these environments as they become a space for increased sexual harassment and violence perpetrated by fellow students and sometimes educators. Girl children are subjected to such incidences which not only violates their basic human rights to dignity and equality but also their right to be free from violence and their rights to basic education.

The Commission remains vigilant in safeguarding the rights of learners and underscores the need to ensure that the best interests of learners are taken into account in all matters affecting them. The Commission further encourages the reporting of any and all suspected abuse of children to the nearest local authorities accordingly.


For further information, contact the SAHRC Provincial Manager, Dr Eileen Carter @ 043 722 7828/072 638 9016 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Advocacy and Research Officer, Zukiswa N Mqakanya @ 043 722 7828 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About us

Understanding PAIA

The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

27 Stiemens Street, Braamfontein

011 877 3600 (Switchboard)