Mutilated toddler case: pair released

2012-07-07 00:00

“I WANT my child’s body parts back … because it is clear that justice has failed us.”

So said the father of an 18-month-old toddler from Matatiele who was mutilated and severely burnt in an apparent muthi attack, after the case against two suspects in the matter was withdrawn yesterday.

Siyabonga Khuzwayo (25) and Sadi Jabare were freed by the Matatiele Magistrate’s Court.

The decision has left the community of Matatiele upset and people have threatened not to let it lie.

The docket was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who found that there was not enough evidence to proceed.

The distraught father yesterday pleaded with anyone who has the power to challenge the court’s decision to come forward.

“I don’t know what I have done in the eyes of God to be treated like this.

“My daughter was deliberately disabled, but I also became a victim,” he said.

Khuzwayo and Jabare were arrested last week following allegations implicating them in the mutilation of the child.

The toddler was left with her aunt while her mother was in hospital in September last year.

She was then found burnt at home while her nose, lips, an ear, a thumb and finger had been chopped off.

This has left her face and left arm badly scarred.

Readers have been moved by the little girl’s bravery since her plight was published by The Witness in May.

Last week she was assessed by two top plastic surgeons who will begin the first in a lifelong series of operations, starting in about four months’ time.

The child’s identity has been withheld by law.

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