Res­i­dents burn down shack of sus­pected child rapist

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

THE shack of a 28-year-old se­cu­rity guard was burnt down by an­gry res­i­dents of Town Two, Khayelit­sha, yes­ter­day fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of child rape.

Charred items and a burnt sin­gle bed were all that re­mained of his pos­ses­sions. The man was res­cued by po­lice as res­i­dents pounded him with planks and rods.

How­ever, po­lice spokesman Cap­tain FC Van Wyk could not con­firm any ar­rests in the mat­ter.

This in­ci­dent comes two weeks af­ter the case against two men ac­cused of the rape and mur­der of 4-yearold Iyapha Yamile, from the same area, was with­drawn due to in­con­clu­sive ev­i­dence. Iyapha’s body was found stuffed in a garbage bag not too far from the homes of six girls the man is ac­cused of rap­ing.

There have been over 20 child mur­ders in the prov­ince since the start of the year – some of the chil­dren were raped and mur­dered by peo­ple close to them.

The dis­traught 30-year-old mother of one of the vic­tims who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the child, told Weekend Ar­gus she was not hope­ful the al­leged rapist would be brought to jus­tice.

How­ever, she was “happy that he did not kill any of the girls like all these chil­dren who have been killed re­cently”.

“The men who were ac­cused of rap­ing and killing Iyapha are back here, they walk among us. That on its own makes me fear that he too may be re­leased be­cause though tests proved that there was pen­e­tra­tion, they said there was no traces of se­men,” she ex­plained.

The six girls, aged be­tween 9 and 11, con­fessed to their par­ents on Thursday that the man had paid them R200 to keep quiet.

“They said he would make them watch porno­graphic movies be­fore mak­ing them touch his pri­vate parts and him touch­ing theirs,” said the mother of a 10-year-old al­leged vic­tim.

None of the girls said the sus­pect had sex­ual in­ter­course with them.

The woman said she and the other moth­ers sus­pected this has been go­ing on for over a year.

“Last year my sis­ter no­ticed that these chil­dren were al­ways play­ing around this man’s shack and out of con­cern con­fronted him and told him to min­gle with peo­ple his own age.

“We didn’t think much of it at the time,” said the tear­ful woman.

asanda.sokanyile@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: BHEKI RADEBE

An­gry res­i­dents from Town Two, Khayelit­sha, burnt a shack be­long­ing to a man they sus­pect of rap­ing chil­dren.

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