Rape suspect out on bail

2011-04-22 00:00

A CAREGIVER charged with raping a 17-year-old teenager was released on R4 000 bail yesterday.

The police opposed the granting of bail, saying the accused is believed to hold two passports.

The rape suspect cannot be named until he pleads.

Said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan, “This man has two passports, which are still with him, and he is released despite the fact that he lives with young children in his place of safety.”

The man was released while police were preparing to have his personal details forwarded to Interpol to investigate whether he has committed similar crimes outside South Africa.

The 47-year-old man, who is a senior official at the Pietermaritzburg Child Welfare Society, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The man is a foreign national and he has been in the country for more than 10 years.

A source in the police told The Witness, “Interpol has to help us verify if the man is not a fugitive in Europe or elsewhere around the world.”

The source disclosed that police raided the man’s residences in Pietermaritzburg, where he rents a room in an outbuilding in Scottsville, and in Hermannsburg, near Greytown, where he lives with his wife.

It is believed that he uses his Hermannsburg home as a safe house for troubled young girls.

The man was arrested on Tuesday in the premises of the SA Police Force family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit, where he works.

It is alleged that he raped a teenager who is from Ndaleni in Richmond and is in care, on April 13. The rape allegedly happened at his Scottsville lodgings.

The alleged victim’s 33-year-old mother told The Witness that her daughter has been raped three times.

This started when she was only seven years old and living in Kwa-Mashu north of Durban in 2000.

“The first rape, which happened repeatedly, changed her life completely. As she grew up she changed boyfriends frequently. Social workers attributed this to the rape.

“In 2000 my elder sister severely assaulted her after she caught her with a boyfriend. This led to social workers removing her to a place of safety in Edendale,” said the mother.

The unemployed mother said while she was in Edendale she was repeatedly raped by a young man living in the same place.

“The social workers removed her to Hermannsburg place of safety. After a short while she called to say the owner of the place of safety was massaging her in the presence of his wife. I advised her to come back home. But when she returned, she fell pregnant. After giving birth, the baby was given away for adoption,” she said.

Now the mother said she prays that justice is done for the latest rape.

“My daughter has suffered a lot in the hands of men, and justice has always failed her,” she said.

In a separate case, a 42-year-old man from Richmond contacted The Witness yesterday and complained about the Pietermaritzburg Child Welfare Society.

He said that his four-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted after she was placed in a foster home by the welfare organisation.

“I’ve sent e-mails to its seniors and no one got back to me. I think they do not care whether a child is sexually assaulted or not,” he added angrily.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, said “This is really disgusting to think what my girl has gone through.”

The frustrated father opened a rape case last April at Howick police station.

The Witness tried in vain to get hold of the director of the Child Welfare Society as her cellphone was on voicemail.

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