Bail opposed for child rape accused

2010-03-17 00:00

THE Steadville community in Emnambithi/Ladysmith local municipality yesterday handed over a petition against the granting of bail to a man, who allegedly raped and killed his step-daughter.

A total of 203 people, including Mayor Dudu Mazibuko, signed the petition, which was handed to court officials.

The man, whose name has been withheld, made his third court appearance yesterday.

It is alleged that on March 8, the child was sent on an errand in the afternoon and the family became worried when she did not return home at the expected time.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker said a search was conducted and information led to the stepfather’s home.

The search party, made up of community members, went to the house and found the child’s body hidden under blankets.

It is suspected that she may have been raped and then strangled.

The suspect was severely assaulted by community members and was hospitalised under police guard.

Addressing the crowd in front of the court house, Mazibuko said the lack of male participants in campaigns against women and child abuse is disturbing.

“… To protect our children and women we need to see men standing together with us in campaigns such as 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Abuse.

“Children who are exposed to and survive this barbaric behaviour also become violent when they grow up …” said Mazibuko.

The suspect faces charges of rape and murder. His case was postponed to Friday.

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