Al­leged rapist of fos­ter daugh­ter pleads for bail

Cape Times - - NEWS - San­diso Phal­iso

A KHAYELIT­SHA fa­ther, 59, who has been charged with sodomis­ing, rap­ing and sex­u­ally abus­ing his now 16-yearold fos­ter daugh­ter be­tween 2007 and 2013, will know next week whether he will be granted bail.

Pros­e­cu­tor Manelisi Ma­caba told mag­is­trate Vernon Jan­tjies that since the charge was a sched­ule six of­fence, the rape of a mi­nor, bail was op­posed.

“They have a num­ber of girls stay­ing in the house. The State op­poses bail,” said Ma­caba.

The fa­ther, whose name can­not be re­vealed to pro­tect the iden­tify of the teenage girl, has ap­plied for bail, cit­ing he has a chronic med­i­cal con­di­tion.

In an af­fi­davit read out at the Khayelit­sha Mag­is­trate’s Court, the fa­ther pleaded to be granted bail be­cause the State did not have “a strong case” against him.

“I am not re­ceiv­ing at­ten­tion promptly con­cern­ing my health as I re­ported that on the last Tues­day (Septem­ber 12) that I suf­fered pain in both legs, and they get ex­tremely hot, such that I can­not keep them un­der blan­ket,” the af­fi­davit read.

He also com­plained that there were times when warders at Pollsmoor Prison refuse to pro­vide him with the nec­es­sary med­i­ca­tion.

Plead­ing to be re­leased on bail, the fa­ther said: “I don’t pose any threat. The com­plainant is in a place of safety (and) I will com­ply with any bail con­di­tions. Be­ing in cus­tody will ham­per my con­sul­ta­tion with my lawyer… I stand to lose a great deal if the court re­fuses me bail.”

He added that he un­der­stands the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges against him and will plead not guilty.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the ac­cused sex­u­ally as­saulted the child “mul­ti­ple times”, un­til the child’s school­teach­ers in­ter­vened and told so­cial work­ers.

As part of a school as­sign­ment de­tail­ing the worst day of her life, she wrote down ev­ery de­tail of what her fos­ter fa­ther was al­legedly do­ing to her. She also kept a diary list­ing rapes.

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