Three ukuth­wala ar­rests

‘Some­thing has gone ter­ri­bly wrong in our so­ci­ety’

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Front Page - Mphande – Hen­drick

Three men have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the con­tro­ver­sial ‘ukuth­wala’ cus­tom in­volv­ing a teenager and a man 11 years her se­nior.

The sus­pects in­clude two rel­a­tives of the 15-year-old girl – her ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther and a great-un­cle, aged 70 and 51 re­spec­tively – and the would-be hus­band, who is 26.

They are all due to ap­pear in the Mthatha Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Cap­tain Anelisa Feni, of the Hawks, said the sus­pects had been ar­rested by the se­ri­ous or­gan­ised crime unit in the Nt­lazi Bhaziya Ad­min­is­tra­tive Area, Mthatha, last Satur­day.

It was al­leged that the two rel­a­tives had ne­go­ti­ated on be­half of the 15-year-old school­girl and de­ceived her into un­der­go­ing the tra­di­tion of ukuth­wala with the 26-yearold man, Feni said.

The teenager lives at Mahibe in the Mbolompo Ad­min­is­tra­tive Area, Mthatha, with her mother and her 70year-old grand­fa­ther.

“The Hawks re­ceived in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing this in­ci­dent. They found the 15year-old in the home of the 26-year-old man in Nt­lazi. The mi­nor was im­me­di­ately moved to a place of safety in Mthatha,” Feni said.

CAP­TAIN ANELISA FENI

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