Alleged molester must 'never look at another child again' - 7-year-old's father

2016-06-27 16:13

Durban - While a Pietermaritzburg guidance counsellor appeared in court on allegations of molesting a 7-year-old boy, the child's father said the man should go to prison for a very long time so that he would never look at another child again. 

The 31-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning after police spent hours tracing his whereabouts.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed that a case of rape had been registered and that the counsellor had been arrested. 

"A 31-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with rape," she said. 

He was remanded in custody and is expected to formally apply for bail next week. 

The identity of the counsellor cannot be revealed until he makes a plea before the court, and the identity of the child's parents has been withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Furious parents

According to the boy's father, they became suspicious when his son described the goings-on during one on one counselling sessions that he had attended to correct ADHD behaviour.

The child had purportedly described tickling and soft tackling, and later a district surgeon apparently confirmed that there had been some sort of anal penetration.

The furious parents opened a case immediately.

Speaking to News24, the boy's father laid bare his emotions.

"I am angry, I am fucking angry," he said.

He said he saw himself as having failed as a parent.

'It's my fault'

"The word failure comes to mind. I feel like I have failed as a parent. I mean how could I have let this happen and how could I not have protected my son.

"I chose the school and I chose to send him there, thinking it would be best for him and that is now my fault that this happened to him," he said.

He said that, as much as he felt that he had fallen short as a parent, he had trusted the school and the counsellor.

"This was completely under the radar and when we started really listening we were able to see the changes," he said.  

"I am very concerned that this is going to affect him [the boy] later in his life, and what if this completes the cycle and he ends up becoming an offender himself."

"I would like for this guy to go to prison for a very long time and I don't want to have him even look at another child again," he said. 

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