Raped girl (12) in shock after ordeal

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

Police have yet to arrest the man who raped a 12-year-old girl at Doornkop cemetery in Soweto a week ago while her mother is struggling to deal with her child's post-traumatic behaviour.

"My child's behaviour has changed since that man attacked her," the mother said. "She has become violent and disoriented."

She took her daughter to school on Wednesday, but the girl had flashbacks of the incident and had to be brought home.

She was taken to the Zola clinic for counselling but the counsellors said the girl was not opening up to them.

"She thinks everyone knows about the rape so she has not gone out to play with her friends since the incident," said the mother. The 39-year-old Emndeni mother of four said she wanted to take her daughter to another school so she could start a new life.

Her daughter was returning from swimming at a public pool in Dobsonville last weekend when a man held her and four little boys up at gunpoint.

The man tied the boys with their shoelaces and ordered them to lie on the ground while he took the girl to a bushy side of the cemetery and raped her repeatedly.

The girl was the second rape victim in just four days. A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped by four men in the same cemetery when they found her cleaning a family grave.

No arrests have been made.

"Our task team and the community policing forum around Doornkop cemetery are working around the clock to find the men behind these crimes," police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubela said.