Health MEC orders rape suspect’s dismissal

2010-03-30 00:00

THE MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo, has sent an instruction that the employee who raped a 15-year-old girl be dismissed immediately.

The 40-year-old clerk is alleged to have lured the girl into the records room of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Phoenix, Durban, and raped her.

The girl accompanied a friend who went to the hospital for medical attention on Sunday morning.

On the same day, Dlomo said in a statement that regardless of who the man is, he is happy that the police acted swiftly and that the law should take its course.

The child received counselling and the department provided her with prophylaxis to prevent her from getting infections, including HIV.

A team from the department visited her home to reassure her parents that such acts are deplored by the department.

Dlomo said the government abhors such callous acts against women and children.

“Sexual violence has a profound impact on the physical, mental and social well-being of victims, especially if the victim is a minor. We are supposed to provide services to survivors of abuse, not to be abusers,” said Dhlomo yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said that after the ordeal the girl told cleaners whom she met in the corridor of what had happened.

The police were called and the man was arrested.

He was to appear at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but the case was postponed to today because of a busy court schedule.

The Democratic Alliance blamed the incident on inadequate security measures, a lack of management staff on duty at night and an MEC who is dragging his heels. DA MPL George Mari said increased security within the hospital is needed.

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