Police 'deny abused girl justice'
IT SEEMS "justice delayed is justice denied" holds true for 11-year-old Mavis*
Mavis, accompanied by her aunt, was allegedly turned away twice by police at the Kagiso police station on the West Rand when they went to report cases of sexual molestation.
The police allegedly failed to act on the information given by Mavis, detailing the names and addresses of the alleged abusers. They instead recommended that she undergo therapy.
Mavis last week gave police the names of four people in her neighbourhood whom she claims sexually molested her for the third time. The perpetrators have yet to be arrested.
Mavis's mother died two years ago and her aunt - who is also her legal guardian - says she is liar and is very deceitful.
"Mavis started her bad behaviour after she began associating with a group of girls known as Strongbows.
"She now spends more of her time with these friends than her family," said the aunt, who cannot be named to protect Mavis's identity because she is still a minor.
"On two occasions she locked me inside the house by bolting the door from outside before disappearing. I don't know what these men [the suspects] want from her."
A month ago Mavis aunt took her to the local clinic because she feared the girl could be pregnant, but was relieved when the results came back negative.
"She is struggling at school and needs remedial teaching in almost all the subjects because she is not coping," the aunt said.
Kagiso police spokesman Warrant Officer Solomon Sibiya said: "We are concerned about these disturbing allegations of gross child sexual abuse.
"We are unable to confirm the validity of the allegations as there are no records. However, we view any kind of abuse very seriously.
"Any police member who turned his back the child will be dealt with accordingly."
A concerned parent, who alerted Sowetan to the girl's ordeal, was outraged by the sexual attacks.
"It is disheartening and sad to have men taking advantage of this poor child.
"I don't think they would accept this being done to their own children," the parent said.
*Mavis is not her real name