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By Mhlaba Memela | Oct 02, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ACTION will be taken against the district surgeon who refused to treat a six-year-old rape victim because he was busy.

Surgeon Jan Vorie did not treat the girl from Inquthu, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday because she did not have an appointment.

The KwaZulu-Natal health department said yesterday it had launched an urgent investigation into the circumstances that led to the girl not receiving a proper medical examination after the rape.

Spokesperson for the provincial department of health health Chris Maxon, said they were deeply saddened by the incident.

Maxon said the department was currently collecting statements from various people who had accompanied thevictim to the doctor.

"We are obtaining statements from the police andparents in order to see what action should be taken for such a callous act," Maxon said.

He said the department would, on the strength of the evidence, institute disciplinary action against the doctor and also report him to the Health Professionals Council of South Africa for dereliction of duty and other relevant and related transgression.

But Vorie has dismissed the allegations, saying the police had tried to bypass critical protocols and procedures.

MEC for health Sibongiseni Dhlomo said rape was a traumatic experience both emotionally and physically.

"It is worse when it is a child. We are concerned by the high number of children who are raped by family relatives in rural areas.

"What makes it worse is that many cases are not reported," he said.

Dhlomo said they would act harshly against "those who do not show compassion and care for rape victims".

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man accused of raping the six-year-old girl appeared briefly in court yesterday.

Thulani Nxumalo is accused of raping his niece after he had lured her outside her home. He has been charged with rape and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to October 13 for further investigations. He will remain in custody.

Nxumalo was also wanted in connection with a previous charge of assault and was being sought by the police after a court had issued a warrant for his arrest.


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