Retired couple charged with sexual abuse: report

By Drum Digital
28 September 2012

A retired couple from Balfour, appeared in the Secunda Magistrate's Court on 32 charges of sexual offences against children, Beeld reported on Friday.

Manie and Maria Senekal , both 71, appeared briefly in front of Magistrate Victor Ball on Thursday and denied guilt on all charges.

Marie Senekal owned the Byekorf (Beehive) Nursery School in Balfour for 23 years.

She faced two charges of sexual abuse and four of neglecting to report the crimes perpetrated by her husband against pupils at the school.

Manie, a former headmaster, faces eight charges of raping different girls and boys with an object, five charges of sexual abuse in which the genitals of boys and girls were fondled, and four charges of assault in which children were pinched and beaten.

He is also accused of forcing children to witness incidents of abuse and exposing himself to many others.

Twelve alleged victims were involved, all of whom were younger than six when the abuse took place.

The couple will appear in court again on November 27.

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