A MOTHER has accused the police of refusing to open a case of rape against her brother who allegedly raped her 11-year-old daughter and granddaughter, 10. The man has subsequently been charged with the murder of one of the girls.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, is also accused of assaulting the girls.
The 11-year-old was killed after allegedly telling her mother that her uncle had raped her and her cousin while she was at work.
The suspect appeared briefly before the Mapulaneng magistrate's court in Bushbuckridge yesterday.
Now the 49-year-old domestic worker mother blames police for her daughter's death. She claims that police refused to open a case when she first reported the rapes.
The mother, who works in Lydenburg, had left the childen in the care of her brother, his wife and her 80-year-old mother. The 10-year-old girl is orphaned.
During an interview with Sowetan yesterday, the woman, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of her surviving granddaughter, said she reported the alleged rapes at Marite satellite police station last month.
"A policeman that I can identify refused to open rape cases.
"Instead, he instructed me to go to a magistrate and apply for a protection order against my brother who had raped the girls," she said.
"I was so disappointed because rape is rape and cannot be justified, especially when small children are victims."
She said instead of going to the magistrate as instructed by the policeman, she went to the local community policing forum to explain her frustrations.
"I was promised that members of the CPF would engage the police with a view of making sure the rape cases were opened. I travelled back to work," the woman said.
The woman said she was called back home on March 24 and told that her brother had assaulted her daughter so severely that she died while her granddaughter had been admitted to hospital with severe head injuries.
"I was told that he locked the children, his wife and the old granny in the house and used a big stick to assault the children," said the woman.
"It was only then that the police took the matter seriously and arrested my brother. He is an animal.
Police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said he was shocked to hear that a policeman had refused to open rape cases against the man.
"The matter calls for serious investigation.
"We shall definitely request the woman to return to the police station to talk to us with a view to dealing with the matter.
"This is not how our members (of the police service) are supposed to deal with the public," said Hlathi.
The alleged rapist was not asked to plead when he appeared in court.
He was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance on April 15 for a formal bail application.