Rape of mother: residents to oppose bail

2015-06-02 09:22
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MTUBATUBA community members are expected to rally at the local court today to oppose the bail of a man who allegedly raped his elderly mother.

According to a police source who could not be named, members of the Mtubatuba community heard rumours of the rape incident in April and, upon talking to the victim, the rumours were confirmed.

The police were called and the victim’s 58-year-old son was arrested and appeared in the Mtubatuba Court at the end of April, where he was remanded in custody until his bail application set for today.

According to the source, a member of the community went to the family shortly after the first court appearance and told them that the suspect would be released from custody.

Upon hearing this, the victim, her daughter-in-law and grandchildren fled to a relative’s house, where the highly distressed victim died.

Community members are expected to gather in their hundreds today to oppose the bail of the alleged rapist at the Mtubatuba Court.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu, expressed his concern about the scourge of rape and sexual molestation of the elderly, women and children in the province.

The concern comes against the backdrop of the increase in the “nefarious” cases of rape, assault or murder of elderly people in the province, including that of Austrian-born nun Gertrud Tiefenbacher (86) at the Sacred Heart Home Convent in the Roman Catholic Church in Ixopo, who was raped and murdered last month.

Mchunu also called on rape victims to report to police these cases so that they could be investigated.

“The mass mobilisation and strengthening of all community structures can produce far-reaching consequences in the war against crime. The building of a united front of all role players and stakeholders can deliver the desired impact against this scourge,” said Mchunu

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