Rape victim (6) afraid to venture out
A MOTHER'S worst nightmare is learning of her little daughter being raped, and - as though adding insult to injury - seeing nothing happen to the alleged perpetrator.
That is how a mother in Tshepisong on the West Rand has described the past two months, adding that she is losing faith in the law - "for having been sent from pillar to post and being ignored by the authorities" - after she reported the rape of her six-year-old daughter.
Sowetan has learnt that the alleged offender was 16 years old at the time of the incident and is now 17. The mother says she reported the incident to the Krugersdorp police on May 15, but has not been called to court since. She says the suspect was set free a day after his arrest.
"On May 13, I was not at home, but my younger sister was," the mother says. "My daughter and another six-year-old went to her little friend's home nearby. They did not find him, but sat and watched TV while waiting for their friend. There were no adults in the house at the time, except for this 16-year-old boy.
"My daughter tells me that the older boy called them to the bedroom, unzipped his pants and asked my daughter's friend to perform oral sex on him."
Sowetan has learnt that both little girls were allegedly sodomised.
A teenage neighbour overheard the girls whispering about how the boy's penis smelt badly and - after questioning them - informed his family.
"The problem is that the boy was arrested, but three days later my daughter came running into the house, frantically shouting: 'Mama he is back'. That's how I discovered that he had been released," she says.
The woman adds: "I asked the investigating officer [about that] and was told [that] the boy was under house arrest.
"But why should they release him to come here, where my daughter can see him every day? She is afraid to leave the house alone. Couldn't they send him somewhere else?"
Police spokesman Constable Vincent Mashiteng said the matter was with the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, adding that he was struggling to get hold of the investigating officer and could not give further details.