‘CHILD’S SUF­FER­ING BE­GAN IN 2013’

‘Child’s suf­fer­ing be­gan in 2013 when step­fa­ther sex­u­ally groomed her us­ing vi­bra­tor and adult movies’

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Front Page - SIBONGISENI MAPHUMULO si­bongisenim@afro­tone.co.za

SHOCK­ING de­tails of the ex­tent of the of abuse suf­fered by a 10-year-old girl al­legedly at the hands of her step­fa­ther emerged in court yes­ter­day when the 43 year old ap­peared in the Veru­lam Fam­ily Court.

The ac­cused, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the child, is fac­ing a raft of charges in­clud­ing rape, two counts of groom­ing and sex­ual as­sault.

Ac­cord­ing to the state, the sex­ual abuse of the child be­gan in 2013 when the sus­pect sex­u­ally groomed the child us­ing a vi­bra­tor and adult movies, to teach her how its done.

How­ever that later pro­gressed into rape when the ac­cused al­legedly pen­e­trated the vic­tim, dur­ing the pe­riod from 2013 to 2018.

Neigh­bour, Roop­nand Dhanukd­hari, said they would often hear the child cry­ing and the ac­cused al­legedly yelling at her. Dhanukd­hari said when he had tried to in­ter­vene the ac­cused had threat­ened to shoot him and told him to mind his own busi­ness.

“He told me I should not in­ter­fere in the dis­ci­plin­ing of his child. That day I had been fed up of hear­ing her cry, I had to do some­thing. But I hon­estly didn’t know when she would say stop you’re hurt­ing me was be­cause he was rap­ing her,” Dhanukd­hari said.

While an­other res­i­dent Nomzamo Gcula, who grew up at the in­for­mal dwelling said they had often won­dered why the girl never went to school or played with other kids.

“They moved in four months ago. The only time we would see her out­side was in the com­pany of her step­fa­ther. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions we tried to ap­proach her but she was not al­lowed to speak to us. How­ever, that changed on Sunday night when she ap­proached an­other neigh­bour for help be­cause she was bleed­ing from her lip. That’s when she spoke up about the rape,” Gcula said.

Through­out the pro­ceed­ings the ac­cused re­mained seated with his head bowed un­til he was asked to stand by mag­is­trate Ir­faan Khalil who wanted to doc­u­ment his in­juries.

The ac­cused, who was al­legedly beaten by the com­mu­nity on Monday, said he had suf­fered bruised ribs, head in­juries, fa­cial in­juries and was un­able to walk or stand prop­erly due to an in­jury on his leg.

Fol­low­ing the brief ap­pear­ance he had to be rushed out of the Veru­lam Fam­ily Court yes­ter­day as an­gry com­mu­nity mem­bers waited out­side for him, de­mand­ing he be handed over to them.

The anger of the com­mu­nity had al­ready forced a change of venue for the ap­pear­ance which was sched­uled to take place in the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The mat­ter was post­poned to June 25 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to al­low the ac­cused to get treat­ment for his in­juries.

State pros­e­cu­tor, Ishara Sew­narain, said they would be op­pos­ing bail when the sus­pect reap­peared in court.

MONSTROUS: A man who al­legedly sex­u­ally groomed and abused his step­daugh­ter ‘threat­ened’ a con­cerned neigh­bour who tried to in­ter­vene.

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