Man on child rape rap ‘did it again’

2009-07-01 00:00

OUTRAGE has greeted a report that a Durban man who was released on bail in May for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl has allegedly raped her again.

Captain Brian Khomo said the man was arrested in May this year for rape. He was granted bail and went back to the community, where he again cornered the girl and raped her.

“People like that should not get bail, but should be kept locked away where they can never again harm another child,” said Sharon Chetty of the Active Women Association in Durban.

Childline KZN director Linda Naidoo said they regularly deal with cases where the perpetrators get bail and then go out and rape again.

Naidoo said she believes this contributes to the low conviction rate in the country. “The conviction rate in SA is below 10% because people are scared of coming forward.”

The 39-year-old man lived near the girl’s home in kwaDabeka township, Pinetown. Her parents were at work when she disappeared. “The same girl was raped twice in two months and when she returned home she told her parents that the man took her,” said Khomo.

Chetty said that parents need to ensure that they always leave their children supervised by a responsible adult.

The man’s bail has been revoked and he is expected to appear in court soon.

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