An­gry com­mu­nity op­pose bail

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

SCORES of the IFP mem­bers demon­strated out­side Mtu­batuba Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, call­ing for a rape sus­pect to be de­nied bail.

The 55-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested on Thurs­day, 1 No­vem­ber for the rape of a seven-year-old school­girl.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the Dukuduku area in Ward 3 of the Mtu­batuba Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the vic­tim’s mother no­ticed that her child was walk­ing with dif­fi­culty, and when she ques­tioned her, she dis­cov­ered she had been raped.

The child told her mother that the sus­pect bought her ba­nanas and gave her R4, be­fore rap­ing her, adding that it was not the first time.

IFP Mtu­batuba con­stituency chair­per­son, Soyika Gumede, said there were many cases of rape in the Mtu­batuba com­mu­nity, and most of them were not re­ported to the po­lice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘We know that courts work ac­cord­ing to the law, but we are here to make a state­ment that rapists are not wanted in our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘The fam­ily trusted him and paid him to trans­port their child to school ev­ery day, but he chose to de­stroy her fu­ture by rap­ing her. The worse part of it, he is a pas­tor.

‘We urge the state to bring back the death penalty for these kind of per­pe­tra­tors.

‘Women and child abuse in this area is rife,’ Gumede said.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Jus­tice Hlabisa, said a case of rape was opened at Mtu­batuba SAPS for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘The child was taken to Hlabisa where a doc­tor con­firmed that she was raped.’

IFP mem­bers demon­strate out­side Mtu­batuba Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day

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