Un­cle ar­rested for rape of girl, 8

Teach­ers alerted au­thor­i­ties to the crime

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ESAU DLAMINI

QUICK-think­ing ac­tions of teach­ers of an 8-yearold girl helped land a 61-year-old man be­hind bars for rape.

The rapes had al­legedly been go­ing on since De­cem­ber, but only came to light when teach­ers at Sizuzile Pri­mary School no­ticed the child’s overtly sex­ual be­hav­iour and no­ti­fied au­thor­i­ties two weeks ago.

The lit­tle girl’s 61-year-old un­cle was later ar­rested and charged with rape.

He ap­peared in court on Tues­day. The en­raged com­mu­nity of Tsakane in Ekurhu­leni pick­eted out­side court to sup­port the fam­ily and also to ar­gue that he be re­fused bail.

“We are sick and tired of old men who are rap­ing our chil­dren.

“I would also add that as women, we should be care­ful who we leave our chil­dren with,” said Ntombi Nx­u­malo, who came to sup­port the fam­ily.

Al­le­ga­tions are that teach­ers no­ticed that there was some­thing wrong with the child when she started ex­hibit­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate, sex­ual be­hav­iour while play­ing with other chil­dren.

She was ap­par­ently touch­ing the gen­i­talia of boys, who re­ported the in­ci­dents to their teach­ers.

When the teach­ers ques­tioned the child and asked her why she was be­hav­ing like this and where she had seen that be­hav­iour, she al­legedly told them that it was hap­pen­ing to her at home.

The child was taken to hos­pi­tal for an ex­am­i­na­tion where it was dis­cov­ered that she had been abused.

The old man was then ar­rested and charged with rape.

The girl’s 30-year-old sis­ter said the lit­tle girl had been stay­ing with the sus­pect and his wife, who is the child’s aunt, at their Tsakane home.

Their mother works as a do­mes­tic worker in Joburg and only sees the child at the end of ev­ery month.

“We are very shocked and an­gry be­cause we trusted him. He de­serves the death sen­tence. My mother’s sis­ter has also turned her back on us be­cause she does not want to be­lieve her hus­band did it,” the sis­ter said.

The man’s wife was ar­rested yes­ter­day and, while it is not clear what she was ar­rested for, it is be­lieved to be linked to the rape of her niece.

The case was post­poned to Au­gust 1 for DNA re­sults and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. – Health-e News.

EN­RAGED: Tsakane res­i­dents protest out­side court, where a 61-year-old man ap­peared on a charge of rape.

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