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By unknown | Dec 15, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A mother who defended her teacher husband accused of raping his stepdaughter has angered human rights and HIV-Aids activists.

The HIV-positive teacher, a top member of the South African Democratic Teachers Union in Bushbuckridge, appeared in the Mapulaneng magistrates' court on Wednesday in connection with the rape of his 11-year-old stepdaughter in July last year.

The 46-year-old teacher has pleaded not guilty to the rape.

He claims that someone paid his stepdaughter to lie about him, though a doctor has confirmed that the child was raped.

The girl's mother has testified against her daughter, claiming that it was true that the girl had been bribed to lie about her stepfather.

"We are disappointed that the mother testified against the child in a bid to help the husband in obtaining bail.

"To us this is like killing one's own child," said Eddy Marilele, Limpopo chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

Patricia Maditse, TAC provincial co-ordinator, said she was shocked that police had to plead with mothers against leaving their daughters in the care of their fathers.

"As a woman, I do not know where we are going to live. The husbands are the ones we need to trust, but because South Africa has become so sick, the police had no alternative but to make the plea," she said.

The teacher has not been suspended and his R5000 bail was extended. TAC members marched against the granting of his bail.

The rape survivor is currently on antiretroviral treatment to protect her from contracting HIV.

She is awaiting the results of a second HIV test after the first came back negative.

"Please mothers, don't trust men with your daughters because most of them are mentally disorganised," said Mopani police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe.


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