30-year-old rape case resumes
A SALVATION Army captain who allegedly raped his biological daughter for six years will appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of rape.
The suspect, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, allegedly raped his daughter more than 30 years ago during her teen years. After two-and-a-half years and six postponements, the trial is expected to start in court today.
The Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) group yesterday called on the court to avoid any more delays. “Any further delays in this case would be tantamount to secondary abuse by the accused under the auspices of the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court, and we look forward to seeing justice delivered for the victim,” the organisation said.
The WMACA said this case of historical abuse had been fraught with postponements as the accused had presented various excuses to explain his absence in court and the matter had been on the roll several times before as well as on August 18, when the accused was asked to present medical certificates for his hospitalisation and the next trial date was set.
“WMACA strongly feel the victim deserves justice after all these years and the suspect has endured enough delays in this very serious matter. To this effect we have engaged with the senior state prosecutor to voice our concerns in