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SAfrica police accused of abuse during child assault probe

AP  |  Johannesburg 

were today probing one of their own officers who was accused of molesting young girls while investigating sexual of scores of primary school pupils.

The allegedly molested two girls aged seven and eight on Monday when he visited their school to prepare pupils for a court appearance.

The girls are among up to 87 girls allegedly sexually abused by a at a school in Johannesburg's Soweto township last year. The is facing and sexual charges.

said the allegations against the were "receiving the necessary attention as a matter of priority".

expressed dismay at the latest "shocking and disturbing" accusations.

"A person entrusted with protecting children has violated their trust, " Lesufi said in a statement.

"The children have now become victims of sexual twice."

The opposition called for better vetting, saying that 57 police officers with criminal records are employed in units specialising in child protection.

More than 100 rapes are reported to police every day in South Africa, and police are often accused of inadequately investigating alleged assaults and failing to treat victims properly.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:55 IST