Young girl hides from rape sus­pect

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

AN Nd­abayakhe teenage girl is in hid­ing af­ter the court de­clined to pros­e­cute a rape sus­pect, ow­ing to in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

Her fam­ily de­cided to keep her in hid­ing, fear­ing that the sus­pect will kill her, af­ter the threats he made fol­low­ing the al­leged rape or­deal.

The girl’s mother claimed that her 14-year-old daugh­ter was raped by her un­cle at her room in Nd­abayakhe Re­serve, near Em­pan­geni.

‘It has hap­pened twice. The first in­ci­dent oc­curred in Sep­tem­ber this year. I caught my brother in bed with my daugh­ter at night.

‘When I en­tered the room to con­front him, he said he was there to watch TV, then he put his pants on and left the room.

‘I then con­fronted my daugh­ter, who broke down in tears and ad­mit­ted that my brother had raped her sev­eral times and threat­ened to kill her if she told any­one.

‘Due to fi­nan­cial con­straints, I was un­able to re­port the mat­ter to the SAPS on the same day. I only man­aged to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice on Sat­ur­day, where she was taken to Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal for ex­am­i­na­tion and the doc­tor con­firmed that she had been raped.

‘The sus­pect was ar­rested the same day but was re­leased af­ter one week. Po­lice told me that the case would be with­drawn ow­ing to lack of ev­i­dence.

‘I need jus­tice to be done. My daugh­ter is trau­ma­tised and needs coun­selling,’ she said.

King Cetshwayo Clus­ter Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Mbon­geni Md­lalose, said the court de­clined to pros­e­cute ow­ing to in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

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