Three teenage boys have appeared in court in South Africa after being accused of sexually abusing a little girl at a school in Johannesburg.

The matter was reported to the police on 4 Apri but the boys were not suspended until nearly three weeks later.

This prompted an angry response from parents who fear sexual abuse is not being taken seriously in South Africa’s schools.

A study published in the British Medical Journal last year by researchers in Cape Town, found that one in three young South Africans will experience sexual abuse at some point in their lives.

Child Welfare campaigners in South Africa say they are receiving reports of youngsters being sexually assaulted by other children- often in the playground -on a monthly basis.