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'sex pest' in court, suspended by party

By unknown | Jan 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ido Lekota

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Terry Oliphant, the Beaufort West, Northern Cape, social welfare official accused of molesting young girls and filming himself while having sex with one of them, appeared in court yesterday.

Oliphant faces a charge of statutory rape. His case was postponed to March 2 for further investigation. He is currently out on bail.

His court appearance came after the SABC's current affairs programme Special Assignment broadcast a show on Tuesday in which Oliphant was accused of abusing several young girls.

The programme also showed how Oliphant made videos of himself having sex with under-aged girls, including a 15-year-old.

The Film and Publications Board has said it would ensure that Oliphant faced further charges, including the making and possession of child pornography.

Yesterday, the Beaufort West prosecutor's office said Oliphant could only be prosecuted on further charges if there were police dockets for such cases.

Special Assignment said one of the girls had laid a charge of statutory rape against him, yet he remained in his job at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa). The ministry of social welfare yesterday said Oliphant had been on suspension since October 21.

"The man is currently on suspension and there is a disciplinary process parallel to the criminal investigation. The region in which he works has been directed to fast track the disciplinary process," Sassa chief executive officer Fezile Makiwane said in a statement.

In the statement, Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya described Oliphant's alleged behaviour as "outrageous, despicable and totally unacceptable".

"We cannot have our own staff violating children. While everyone has a right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, we view the allegations in a very serious light, hence the suspension and disciplinary hearing."

Meanwhile, the Congress of the People has suspended Oliphant, the party's local organiser.

"Cope views [his] alleged conduct as depicted in the report as abhorrent ... and a crude abuse of power," Cope spokesman Palesa Morudu said yesterday.


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