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By Chester Makana | May 26, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A LIMPOPO anti-sexual exploitation lobby group has complained that the justice system is failing to protect rape victims because perpetrators were able to manipulate the course of justice.

The Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Program said yesterday that it was fighting two battles in a bid to protect women and children from rape and sexual violence.

The organisation said, however, it felt let down by poor police investigations.

Programmes manager Fiona Nicholson has demanded a re-investigation of a case against a doctor who allegedly raped two women in Tshilidzini Hospital outside Thohoyandou in 2008.

Nicholson said the case against the doctor had been withdrawn due to lack of evidence. But she blamed poor police investigations for the withdrawal.

The organisation identified two cases against a doctor after two victims came for counselling after they were allegedly raped in 2007.

Dr Mashudu Silimela was found guilty by the Health Professions Council of South Africa last month for having sex with a patient.

Nicholson said the two victims were allegedly raped at the doctors' residence after they had allegedly visited the hospital on two separate occasions.

The matter was reported to the hospital management and Silimela was suspended. But the suspension was later lifted, "due to lack of evidence".

The doctor had allegedly confessed to having sex with the patients but denied raping them.

"But we are confident of our case because the same doctor was found guilty by the HPCSA of having sex with the patients," said Nicholson.

She said Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Program wanted to know why the provincial department of health was still using the "rapist doctor".


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