Sister pleads for brother
"He abused his daughter, but he did not kill his children"
THE sister of the man jailed for life for raping and fathering three children with his teenage daughter had hoped he would not be jailed, even though he abused the girl.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the 55-year-old man's daughter, said the incident had caused tension in the family.
"We have not seen my sister-in-law, his daughter and her three children since their father's arrest. We are family and should not be sentenced together with their father.
"We understand what he has done, but he must be sent home. He abused his daughter, but he did not kill his children," she said.
"He was our family's rock. He provided for us, but now he faces life imprisonment.
"I hope he is granted medical parole. My brother is sick, but the magistrate and prosecutor believe he is pretending," she said .
Sitting on a crate at a centre in Nelspruit where she sells vegetables and fruit, the sister could not hold back her tears as she spoke about her brother.
She said she did not understand why the girl's mother had not spoken out about the rape when it first happened.
"She should have reported the rape when her daughter was pregnant with the first child. Then, my brother would not have fathered three children," she said.
She said her brother told them the babies were born to his wife.
"I do not hate my sister-in-law, my niece or my brother. We are family. I hope one day we will sit down and find a way to talk about what happened, forgive and move on with our lives.
"I feel for his daughter because he hurt her," the sister said.