Two in court over children

2015-06-10 06:02

A FREE STATE couple has appeared in court for allegedly forcing their daughter (11) to have sex with men, take drugs and for leaving their children in their home without food or water.

The investigating officer in the case, Lesenyengo Matekane, told the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court that the mother held down her daughter so her friends could rape her, reported Netwerk24.

When the child tried to get out of the rapes, the mother (34) allegedly punched her and tried to break her daughter’s fingers, said Matekane.

The couple, who cannot be identified to protect their children’s identities, face charges of rape, sexual exploitation of children, failure to comply with the commission against sexual offences against children and child abuse.

The State is opposing bail.

Mzimase Ntombela, the couple’s legal representative, said money is the only reason why the children did not go to school. Their father made between R500-R1 000 every month painting houses.

Ntombela said there was nothing linking the father to the allegations and he should therefore be granted bail. He also argued that the man had skin and lung cancer and was in need of medical care. He further argued that the couple needed bail so they could see to their home which has apparently been vandalised.

Magistrate Akona Mqudlwa postponed the bail hearing to Wednesday (10/06). – News24

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