Brothers abuse granny and young sister
Just months after being raped by her brother, a 9-year old schoolgirl is now being abused by another brother – this time financially
In January, residents discovered that the 28-year old man, a taxi driver, had been raping his nine-year old sister for months. An angry mob turned on him, stoning him to death.
Now it has emerged the girl’s other brother, an unemployed 26-year old, has been taking her and her grandmother’s social grants – worth a combined R1400 – and squandering it on himself.
The Grade 4 schoolgirl has been living with her 75-year-old grandmother and her brother since her mother died in a car accident a few years ago.
The family live in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
A distant relative said the frail grandmother had suffered two strokes since the rape.
“She is unable to talk, but the granny knows when it’s pay day and expects the money to be in her hand. But once he [the 26-year-old man] receives the grant of both the child and the granny, he simply uses it on buying alcohol and drugs,” the relative said.
“The granny is not happy and she simply cries. She is drinking black tea because there is no more money to buy milk and food for the house.”
The relative said the girl and her grandmother relied on neighbours for daily provisions, but this could not continue forever. She also feared that the mob would turn on the second brother.
Social development spokesman Gcobani Maswana said a social worker had been assigned to the case.
“It’s government policy to build a caring society. Emotional abuse of the elderly and children has to stop. We will utilise the services of social workers who can channel the funds to the right recipients,” Maswana said.
Clinical psychologist Ian Meyer said the girl – who is haunted by the rape – suffered from rape trauma syndrome. She wets her bed and is often moody.
May said she also lived in fear because she had been let down by relatives and community members.
“She feels the adult person in her life who was supposed to protect her has done this to her. She is living in absolute fear because she feels anyone can now violate her. It’s also possible she feels guilty after her brother was stoned to death by members of the community,” he said.
The relative pleaded with the community to give a helping hand to the needy family.
“It's painful to see them like this.
“Her bedding is always wet, as if someone has deliberately poured a bucket of water. I suspect major damage has happened to her womb.
“The granny is also like a baby who needs constant supervision,” she said.