No hope for evidence in 6-year-old rape scene

2015-10-26 11:46
Evelyn Vilakazi (Naledi Shange, News24)

Evelyn Vilakazi (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - After six years of waiting for the police to come and collect evidence from her home where she and her two children were allegedly raped, Evelyn Dolly Vilakazi on Monday said the police had told her nothing could be salvaged from the crime scene.

"The police say there is no way that they can get evidence there now but I am happy that at least they came to see for themselves. I am not in the wrong," Vilakazi said.

"They said I could start cleaning," the domestic worker from the Tsietsi informal settlement on the East Rand told News24.

The 60-year-old woman said she is now ready to pack her old life up and start afresh.

This would be the first time that Vilakazi’s house would be swept, mopped or dusted since she and her daughters were allegedly drugged, raped, robbed and her house ransacked back in 2009.

"We started off by doing the laundry. We washed all the things we could salvage. There's a lot to do. I didn't even go to church yesterday," Vilakazi said on Monday morning.

Station commander came by

When News24 ran the story earlier this month, she said she was tired of waiting for the police and needed help to get her home back in order.

"Since you ran the story, the police have come to my house several times. The station commander also came and he said after seeing this story, he had to come and see for himself," said Vilakazi.

It has been so long since the incident that Vilakazi cannot recall the exact date of when she and her daughters were raped.

"To be honest, I don't know how many people raped us... We were drugged,” she said.

She believed that the attackers had burnt a substance which caused all of them to sleep. When they woke up the following morning, the room they had been sleeping in was in shambles and scores of items she had been collecting and hoping to sell were gone.

A doctor confirmed that she and her two daughters - 11 and 13 at the time - had been raped, she said.

Damp smell lingers

Vilakazi said the police who had come to her house over the last week did not tell her why their colleagues never came to the scene after they promised her they would.

"[The station commander] said that he doesn't know what happened to my case because the police have solved many cases which came after mine but he will be putting me in contact with the police that deal with rape," said Vilakazi.

When News24 visited her home along with other community members, there was a stench of must and damp material lingering in the air.

Clothes which had been ripped out of bags had been littered all over the scene of the crime. Pot plants in plastic containers and makeshift shelving that were thrown on the ground by the attackers still remained in the exact positions where they were found the morning after the reported rape.

The attackers made off with bundles of clothes, scores of brand new blankets, curtains, a sewing machine, pots, plates, cutlery, money and briefcases filled with some of the family's important documents.

Lives going back to normal

Vilakazi said with the mounting clutter in her home, she had misplaced the small piece of paper which contained her case number. She had had little faith that the police would be able to assist her without it. But her faith had been restored.

"The police said they would send a van to come and pick me up on Tuesday so that we can go to the clinic and get my file and also put together a J88 [a medical form detailing a person's injuries]," she said.

The clinic had initially told News24 that Vilakazi's medical file could not be traced, but the pensioner said she has faith that it would be recovered.

Vilakazi's said her employer has since given her washing detergents, refuse bags, cups and plates as well as a plastic tub for her to do her laundry in.

"My children are very happy that our lives are going back to normal," Vilakazi said.

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