Outrage at inaction on rape charge



November 27, 2016
Outrage at inaction on rape charge

UPSET: Philiswa Mdletye, 27

Community says cops allegedly took five days to register sexual assault of girl, 14.

Women of a Plattelandse dorpie are up in arms after cops allegedly took five days to register the rape of a teenager.

The 14-year-old girl was attacked in Siteview, Grabouw, by a man on November 12 while she was on her way home from visiting a friend.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, allegedly stabbed the girl on her right shoulder and dragged her to his shack in Xola Naledi, where he raped her throughout the night before setting her free the next morning.

The 34-year-old mom says she took her daughter to Grabouw Day Hospital after the teenager came home the next morning, crying and bleeding.

The hospital contacted the police who took the victim to Helderberg Hospital where she was examined and received treatment, including anti-retrovirals to protect her against HIV infection.

“The cops never came back and I never received a case number,” says the mom.

Last week, she and other women met with Grabouw SAPS to discuss their concerns.

Community member Philiswa Mdletye, 27, says at the meeting they discovered to their shock that the case hadn’t been registered up until then.

She says: “The perpetrator is roaming around looking for his next victims. Police didn’t even give us a reason why the case wasn’t registered.

“If they don’t do anything, the next rape victim won’t report the rape because she will just think the cops are going to fail her too.”

Captain FC van Wyk says a case was registered but couldn’t confirm when.

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