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'abused' girl saved

By Alfred Moselakgomo | Jan 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl has been rescued from her "abusive" father by social workers in Mpumalanga.

The girl, from Lefiso village near Marapyane in the KwaMhlanga area, was rescued by social workers after they learnt that her father had been assaulting her for the past six years.

The social workers were alerted by the girl's teachers after they noticed she had been badly beaten.

The girl's neighbours said they had reported her father's abusive behaviour to social workers a long time ago and wondered why action was never taken against the man.

Mmametlhake social workers said the girl's 48-year-old father, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, started abusing her in 2005.

This after his wife, the girl's mother, moved out of their marital home to live with another man.

A social worker said: "After concern was raised by her teachers, we went to the school to see the girl and she told us everything."

She said the girl was only seven years old when her dad began abusing her after his separation from her mother.

The girl is a Grade 4 pupil at the Ramabale Primary School.

Her principal, Mashiane Molwele, said yesterday that they had only recently become aware of the alleged abuse of the girl.

"I'm shocked that such a brilliant girl was abused," Molwele said.

"She is so brave in class and never shows signs of abuse. These revelations have really shocked us all at the school."

But a neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the alleged abuse could have been stopped long ago if the social workers had listened to neighbours' concerns.

"We first reported her father to the social workers three years ago," one neighbour said. "She has been in many places where no normal parent would want their children to be."

Mmametlhake police spokesperson Sergeant Hastings Chaane said assault charges had been laid against the father.

"He has already appeared in court but was not asked to plead. He is expected to appear again tomorrow.


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