Riot Hlatshwayo and Victor Hlungwani
The Limpopo department of health and social development is investigating claims that a 13-year-old rape victim's bed letter has been stolen from Malamulele Hospital.
The provincial department's spokesman, Phuti Seloba, said the department was waiting for feedback from its risk management team that had been dispatched to investigate the allegations.
The victim's mother, whose name is known to Sowetan, has accused the Malamulele police of being "thieves". Her claims stem from the fact that the J88 form signed by a doctor after the rape first disappeared at the Malamulele police station before the letter disappeared at the hospital.
The form disappeared barely 24 hours after having been attached to the docket. "The police told me to go and stay at home with my child because the J88 form was missing from the docket."
However, after a Sowetan enquiry, a cop allegedly forged another J88 and attached it to the docket," said the angry mother.
The mother later took the child to Malamulele Hospital for a check-up, only to discover that her bed letter was missing.
"If the J88 disappeared from the police station, and later the bed letter from the hospital, it is clear that someone at the police station is a rotten potato.
"I suspect that one of the cops might be related to the 14-year-old suspect, hence the disappearance of items," she said.
The suspect was released into the custody of his parents because he is underage. He is expected to appear at the Malamulele ma-gistrate's court on September 21.
Seloba said yesterday that they had dispatched their team of investigators to deal with the issue. Police spokesman Inspector Moses Chauke said police were also investigating the allegations .