Child sex ring bust in Western Cape

2011-10-19 10:03

Oudtshoorn - A sex ring involving young girls and policemen has been busted in Nelspoort, a town between Beaufort West and Three Sisters in the Western Cape.

Five girls aged between 12 and 15 were involved.

Six men, among them three policemen, have been arrested since Monday night. The other three men were contract workers who have been living and working temporarily in Nelspoort.

They will be charged with, amongst others, statutory rape, sexual abuse of underage girls and human trafficking.

Girl kidnapped in Free State

Two of the men were arrested on Monday night and another two - among them a policeman - were arrested on Tuesday night. The policeman was arrested at his home in the town. The other two policemen were arrested in Beaufort West and Oudtshoorn respectively.

A 12-year-old girl, presumably held as a sex slave, was found in two of the suspects’ room at a hostel in Nelspoort.

She was believed to have been kidnapped in the Free State.

Statements from the other four girls indicated that they had been sexually abused by police officials for some time.

“A mother who heard from one of the police officials’ wives that her daughter was sexually involved with the policeman, came to Molo Songololo for help,” said Una Wentzel of this child protection organisation.

Wentzel and members of the Beaufort West police station went to Nelspoort on Monday afternoon to investigate the allegations.

“A statement from the girl, whose mother came forward, revealed that more underaged girls were sexually abused by police officials. They invite the girls via MXit to the police station, after which they have sex with them in the charge office.”

Girl being shared by two men

Statements also revealed that three contract workers from Mkhulu who were working for Eskom, were using young girls as sex slaves. “Based on these statements, we raided a former care shelter where these workers were renting rooms. Two men were arrested.”

“We found a girl of about 12 in a room that was being shared by two men. She was in bed with one of the suspects,” said Wentzel.

“Another girl said she got R100 at the most for sex with another Mkhulu employee.”

Wentzel said all the girls had been placed in the care of their parents or foster parents. The 12-year-old was in a place of safety and would be returned to her parents or guardians.

The six suspects would appear on Thursday in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court.

Western Cape Minister of Social Development Albert Fritz said sexual offences like these were condemned in the strongest terms.

“Adults are supposed to stand up for our children.”

  • Felix - 2011-10-19 10:15

    Despicable, hang them.

      rbphiri - 2011-10-19 10:21

      If we want to see change or the level of crime subside in the country, we need to introduce harsh lengthy sentences. If we want to see a radical change; the death penalty will do justice. In this era plagued by crime and the irony of law enforcement being the main contributors to the epidemic; we need to take harsh measures to show criminals that we as society will not just sit back and watch our country's immune system succumb to the disease of criminality.

      danalexsmith - 2011-10-19 10:34

      rbphiri - I agree that the punishment needs to fit the crime. But studies in states in the US that have the death penalty show that violent crime is no less than in the states that don't have the death penalty. I'm interested in the role social networking played in this case. Keep an eye out on what your kids are up to, folks. it could save their lives.

      Ann - 2011-10-19 11:48

      Very disturbing indeed - danalexsmith - I agree about the social networking sites. Most parents are totally oblivious and also do not realise the power of these systems. Generally, too many people are nowadays communicating this way and there is very little face-to-face interaction between peers as well as the older generation. Everyone is too busy. This is very much to their detriment. Make time to talk to your children parents - find out what is going on in their lives.

      rod.vandeventer - 2011-10-19 12:04

      No lets make them the President

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-02 16:35

      There are NO words for this .There can be no excuse for this. And regrettably, there will be little to no punishment for this... such is the African way...

  • Theresa - 2011-10-19 10:18

    Where are the good old days when policemen used to 'serve and protect'.Nowadays they are the abusers.Lets hope they get a fitting punishment.

  • oddearring - 2011-10-19 10:27

    is this not in the same area where that slime ball Truman Prince was a candidate for the ANC? If I remember correctly he was caught on TV propositioning an underage girl.

  • Jackie - 2011-10-19 10:33

    this is disgusting.

  • Remona - 2011-10-19 10:37

    And we are supposed to trust our Police force.... Pffft

      ntsiki.mdeni - 2011-10-19 11:11

      Its not police force anymore. That has gone away with every good thing that happened pre '94. Its police service now. And the results are in black and white. Disgusting!

  • joelstew - 2011-10-19 10:39


  • Antonio - 2011-10-19 10:40

    Does wonders for the image of our police force, doesn't it? Is this to help them cope with the terrible job stress, Commissioner?

  • alfie.dunn - 2011-10-19 10:46

    It's enough to make any parents blood boil. And these are the people that are to uphold law and order....Uneducated mother f*ck*rs. It's amazing how some people in society, especially these ANC cadres think that are going to get away with it, thinking they are above the law.

  • Herman - 2011-10-19 11:06

    Cry the beloved country

      Marion - 2011-10-20 07:47

      We've moved beyond 'cry the beloved country'. All the hopes and dreams that have been ground into the dust during the past 17 years have reduced it to 'mourn the beloved country' for the silent majority imho.

  • Moi - 2011-10-19 11:07

    Bastards. A lifetime of torture isn't sufficient punishment. They should be publically named and shamed.

      elmarie.daniels1 - 2011-10-19 14:51

      @moi... these days the criminals have more rights and more protection than the victims of their crimes or the average joe on the street for that matter...

  • gloudina.potgietercrous - 2011-10-19 11:07

    I do safety projects at schools in the 'klein karoo', and it is unbelievable that the children do not know about these dangers. I hope they get along jail sentence!

  • Jacques - 2011-10-19 11:19

    In this case the SAPD did not serve and protect, but rather serviced without protection

  • karen.vdnest - 2011-10-19 11:21

    Listen here, I do not care whether evil be gets evil or the morals involved in one bad deed not justifying another. I do not care about studies and statistics or what excuse these men have for their actions. What I do care about is that these people should not be allowed to breathe another breath of air, that they suffer the same fear, pain and uncertainty as what their victims suffered. Even if they go to jail, they are still allowed a life, and these girls, what have they got left of theirs?

  • francina.molekoa - 2011-10-19 11:48

    that is sick man, how do you have sex with a 12 or 15 year old? do these people have kids (girls)and how would they feel if the same were to happen to them....i still think death penalty should bebrought back for such people, nee man *sad*

  • Sharon - 2011-10-19 12:20

    castrate the s**ts and for policeman to be involved is entirely not okay, please raise the mental and morale standards of policemen or lets have only female cops.

  • Roberta - 2011-10-19 13:36

    Castrate the bastards. Big girls probably told them to get lost - now they prey on underaged kids. And policemen nogal! Sick man.

  • Matty - 2011-10-19 18:14

    Name and shame the pigs! It's sick that the only ones dealing with humiliation would be the victims. Disgusting, who the h3ll do kids have left to view as role models these days???

  • an0nthinker - 2011-10-19 18:44

    Another police officer involved sexual crime. How are as civilians supposed to ever trust our officers?

  • Craig - 2011-10-20 09:03

    rope+noose=fitting end!

  • Pamela - 2011-12-19 22:55

    this is worse why with police there have to be punished who going to protect our kids if the police are corrapt like that how can yu have a sex with 12 yr old

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