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A 24-year-old woman from Limpopo, who blames Seshego police for her two-year-old son's death, says authorities are dragging their feet in dealing with those responsible.
Constance Rasidile, whose son, Kabelo, was last week allegedly abducted and hanged by her boyfriend, Victor Skosana, of Sengatane, Moletjie, said her son's life could have been saved had the police acted swiftly. Kabelo and Rasidile were kept captive for five days at Sengatane village in Moletjie by Skosana.
Rasidile said Skosana invited her to a party but on the way he started beating her, accusing her of cheating on him.
"He forced me go to his home where he repeatedly raped me in front of my son," she said.
At one stage he left the mother and her son locked in the house. She escaped through a window but could not take Kabelo with her "because he was sleeping".
Rasidile said she called the police from a neighbour's house. When they arrived they refused to go to to Skosana's house, saying they had "knocked off". They took her to a police station but the policemen refused to go to Sengatane.
Kabelo was found dead two days later after his maternal grandfather intervened.
Rasidile's statement was only taken after a Sowetan reporter took her to the police station.
Yesterday police spokesman Ronell Otto said they were gathering statements from witnesses, including those policemen suspected of negligence, before any action would be taken.