#LionMama, daugh­ter fear re­tal­i­a­tion

Rel­a­tives of rape sus­pects may want re­venge

Daily Dispatch - - News - By PETRU SAAL

THE woman dubbed #LionMama‚ who no longer faces crim­i­nal charges for stab­bing to death her daugh­ter’s al­leged rapist‚ must over­come a new hur­dle: fear of ret­ri­bu­tion.

There was a sense of eu­pho­ria after mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges were with­drawn on Mon­day at the Lady Frere Court.

But now the Eastern Cape woman‚ who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of her daugh­ter‚ and her daugh­ter fear for their safety.

Buhle Tonise‚ the mother’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive‚ said yes­ter­day that the two women‚ who had been through a trau­matic month‚ were wor­ried that rel­a­tives of the dead man or mem­bers of the com­mu­nity would seek ret­ri­bu­tion.

“The last time there was a fu­neral‚ they were bury­ing the one who had passed away. The mother and daugh­ter felt like they wanted to get away but they couldn’t fi­nan­cially. Mag­is­trate’s Po­lice of­fi­cers gave as­sis­tance and as­sured the mother that they would pa­trol the area‚” said Tonise.

They were wor­ried that the man’s rel­a­tives, an­gry about his death, would harm them after the fu­neral. There is ten­sion in the com­mu­nity over the way he died.

A young woman who raised the alarm‚ telling the mother that three men were raping her daugh­ter‚ is be­ing blamed by his rel­a­tives for the man’s death‚ said Tonise.

“The one that went to call the mother‚ she is also a wit­ness in the case. The fam­ily told her that she was the cause of him dy­ing. They told her if she hadn’t re­ported the rape he would still be alive to­day. The fam­ily is still an­gry‚ but they don’t have sup­port be­cause [oth­ers in the com­mu­nity] be­lieve that what the mother did was cor­rect‚” she said.

“The fa­ther of the de­ceased also said that he would pre­fer that his son be pun­ished by the courts and not be killed‚” she added.

The 27-year-old vic­tim of the al­leged rape had been tor­mented by guilt‚ fear­ing that her mother would be jailed for pro­tect­ing her‚ said Tonise.

“The daugh­ter wasn’t cop­ing be­cause she was blam­ing her­self. In her mind her mother was go­ing to jail be­cause of her. Ini­tially she wasn’t able to walk prop­erly.

“The mother was so ex­cited on Mon­day when the charges were dropped‚ but see­ing her daugh­ter get bet­ter on Tues­day was the one thing that made her re­alise that there will be hope‚” Tonise said.

Se­cu­rity at the woman’s home will be im­proved‚ thanks to a crowd­fund­ing page set up by Natalie Ken­drick after she read about the mother be­ing ar­rested.

“It was a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion to have been in for the mother and daugh­ter and I thought that there would be no good out­come of this. The mother needed help and so did her daugh­ter. I shared the link to the crowd­fund­ing page on so­cial me­dia and it was shared there‚” said Ken­drick.

Ken­drick said that the mother made it clear from the on­set that she wanted the funds to be used to build a fence around her home. “The mother is wor­ried about her se­cu­rity. The broth­ers of the de­ceased are very an­gry. She … doesn’t feel safe when she goes to bed at night‚” said Ken­drick.

The crowd­fund­ing page had‚ by yes­ter­day‚ raised more than R131 000. — DDC

● Two sus­pects in the rape case ap­peared briefly in the Lady Frere Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day. The case was post­poned to Oc­to­ber 30 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. from

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