30-year-old rape case re­sumes

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Front Page - TNA REPORTER

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

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