Com­mu­ni­ty wants jus­ti­ce af­ter child ‘mo­les­ted’

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

The com­mu­ni­ty in C­hung­wa street, K­ha­y­a­let­hu are cal­ling for jus­ti­ce af­ter a young gi­rl was al­le­ge­d­ly mo­les­ted by a shop o­w­ner on the mor­ning of 27 Au­gust.

Her mot­her, w­ho­se i­den­ti­ty is wit­hheld to pro­tect the 11-y­e­ar-old mi­nor, said, “I sent her to the shop be­fo­re 10:00 but she quick­ly ca­me back fran­tic and told me he tou­ched her up­per bo­dy and pri­va­te parts.”

The con­cer­ned mot­her said she then rus­hed to the shop to con­front the man, who is So­ma­li­an.

“He de­nied tou­ching her, but w­hen I told him I was going to call the po­li­ce he a­po­lo­gi­sed and told me it wouldn’t hap­pen a­gain and sug­ge­sted we sit do­wn and talk a­bout it,” con­ti­nu­ed the con­cer­ned mot­her.

The mot­her said she then cal­led the po­li­ce and told a com­mu­ni­ty el­der, G­ci­nik­ha­ya M­bom­bo, w­hat hap­pe­ned.

M­bom­bo said he had to “rush to the shop and ask the So­ma­li­an to c­lo­se his shop as he fe­a­red if the com­mu­ni­ty found the shop o­pen they mig­ht ta­ke jus­ti­ce in­to their own hands and harm him, which could quick­ly be mis­ta­ken for xe­nop­ho­bia”.

Ac­cor­ding to M­bom­bo the po­li­ce ar­ri­ved two hours la­ter and ar­res­ted the man, but his con­cern is that this mig­ht not be the first ti­me the shop o­w­ner had mo­les­ted a mi­nor.

Knys­na po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Ser­ge­ant Chris S­pies said the fa­mi­ly vi­o­len­ce, child pro­tecti­on and sexu­al of­fen­ces (FCS) u­nit ba­sed in Ge­or­ge is in­ves­ti­ga­ting a ca­se of sexu­al as­sault fol­lo­wing the al­le­ged in­ci­dent, which occur­red at a­bout 09:20 ac­cor­ding to S­pies.

“In­ves­ti­ga­ti­on led to the ar­rest of a 35-y­e­ar-old sus­pect,” said S­pies.

The accu­sed ap­pea­red brief­ly in the Knys­na Ma­gi­stra­te’s Court on 28 Au­gust and is out on bail of R4 000. The next court da­te is on 9 Oc­to­ber.

The shop has been clo­sed, but M­bom­bo al­le­ges that ot­her com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers ha­ve co­me for­ward saying they, too, we­re mo­les­ted by the shop o­w­ner.

He ad­ded that the com­mu­ni­ty feels let do­wn by the jus­ti­ce sy­stem: “This is the se­cond ti­me the jus­ti­ce sy­stem is fai­ling us, with the first in­ci­dent ha­ving ta­ken pla­ce two y­e­ars ago.” Ac­cor­ding to him a man who was ren­ting the sa­me shop, al­so a So­ma­li­an, stab­bed a com­mu­ni­ty mem­ber. “Alt­hough he was ar­res­ted and gran­ted bail, that is the last we he­ard a­bout the ca­se,” M­bom­bo said.

He as­ked how the K­ha­y­a­let­hu com­mu­ni­ty is sup­po­sed to feel sa­fe to rai­se their child­ren.

P­ho­to: N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

The com­mu­ni­ty in C­hung­wa Street, K­ha­y­a­let­hu say they are u­ni­ted in get­ting jus­ti­ce for the child who was al­le­ge­d­ly mo­les­ted by the o­w­ner of this shop on 27 Au­gust.

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